By Marissa GOULD
On Friday, Holy Redeemer hosted a fundraiser bingo night that benefitted many local groups including the Boy Scouts of America, JROTC, American Legion Post 288, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1614. In addition to bingo, there was a raffle for donated prizes. A food stand was also onsite so bingo players didn’t have to leave their daubers too long to get something to eat.
People of all ages came to Healy Hall for a night of fun. The games cost $10 for 10 cards. Proceeds from last year’s bingo night were dedicated to the Two Strike Memorial Wall that is nearing completion.
This years’ bingo night saw some 150 people seated, pitting player against player for a chance at the $100 per game prize. The prize money was donated by local businesses.
Many players like Patricia Beggs and Lisa Blue were ready to take some of that prize money home. Others, like Teresa Yerton, saw bingo night as more of a social event. She was meeting a friend so they could chat while testing their luck. Yerton said she was happy to join in the games because it was all for a “good cause.”
“Supporting the veterans is what it’s all about,” said vet Andy Gero who was there to greet folks and play.
This was the second year that a bingo night was held at Holy Redeemer and organizers are hopeful that it will evolve into an annual tradition.