Betting on a New Beginning 

Though gambling might seem like an odd show of support for Boise's ever-expanding refugee community, the Boise chapter of the International Rescue Committee is encouraging you to throw on your lucky tux and win baby that new pair of shoes. The IRC is hosting Betting on a New Beginning, a fundraiser to raise some much needed dough to assist refugee resettlement in Boise. For $50, or $75 at the door, you can munch on hors d'oeuvres, sip fancy cocktails and gamble away $1,000 worth of playing chips while waiting to see if you snagged top raffle prizes like whale watching in Alaska or a McCall getaway.

If gambling isn't your forte, the IRC is always in need of volunteers to assist in a variety of capacities to help resettle refugees. To learn about current volunteer opportunities, e-mail

Saturday, Sept. 19, 7-10 p.m., $50 adv., $75 door, Idaho State Historical Museum, 610 N. Julia Davis Drive, 208-344-1792,

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