UNION CITY -- A casino-night gala benefiting a nonprofit group that helps New Haven Unified schools has been scheduled later this month.

The event's Hollywood-style theme, "A Night on the Red Carpet," will feature casino games, prizes, a gourmet buffet dinner, live and silent auctions, and fine wines, beer and cocktails.

It will run from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at the Mark Green Sports Center, 31224 Union City Blvd.

Admission, with tickets priced at $100 a person and $175 per couple, includes appetizers, dinner, dessert, espresso and tea.

Each attendee will receive casino chips to play blackjack, roulette and other games.

All proceeds benefit the event's sponsor, the New Haven Schools Foundation, which gives financial support to the district's teachers and 13,000 students. Last year, the nonprofit organization donated $70,000 to the district.

For tickets or more information, go online at www.nhsfoundation.org.

Contact Chris De Benedetti at 510-353-7011. Follow him at Twitter.com/cdebenedetti.