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Zakim Fund Casino Night raises $200,000

Bill Brett for The Boston Globe

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The annual Lenny Zakim Fund Casino Night at the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston raised $200,000 Saturday night to help fund local, grass-roots, social justice organizations. The fund and event are named for Zakim, a civil rights leader and executive director of the New England region of the Anti-Defamation League, who passed away in 1999 following a lengthy battle with multiple myeloma. Zakim’s widow, Joyce, and daughters Deena and Shari were in attendance, along with filmmakers Sam Slater, a Zakim Fund board member, and Paul Bernon of Boston-based Burn Later Productions, the studio behind the indie film “Drinking Buddies,” starring Olivia Wilde. Nearly $25,000 of the funds raised came from the casino night’s auction, which this year offered bidders a shot at four prime seats behind home plate at Fenway Park, a helicopter tour of Boston, a VIP night at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut, and a cameo in an upcoming Burn Later film.

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