Designer Bingo Prizes
“Bags, Boots & Bingo” was a unique fundraising event benefiting The Martin House Children’s Advocacy Center based in Longview, Texas. The event offered an afternoon of Bingo, door prizes, refreshments, and special surprises for those in attendance while raising money to assist child abuse victims. Bingo game winners took home designer handbags or boots as prizes. The Martin House Children’s Advocacy Center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to ensure that every child who is suffering from abuse has an opportunity to be heard, feel protected, and receive services that are vital to his or her continued safety and future wellbeing.
Electronic Bingo Gets Raided
The Alabama Supreme Court has again sided with the state’s attorney general in attempts to shut down electronic Bingo casinos. Justices, in the most recent opinion, overturned 2011 orders from a judge that directed the state to return electronic gambling machines seized from Greene County casinos that same year. The attorney general’s office has maintained the electronic gambling machines are not allowed by constitutional amendments allowing charities to offer Bingo in some locations. Casino operators argue the games are legal Bingo. The court said the amendments allow traditional Bingo games. Justices said the word electronic in the amendment for Greene County did not exempt the casinos from that definition. The court had also ordered the issuance of the search warrants that allowed raids at three county casinos.
Bingo Moves Into California Mall
Viejas Casino & Resort has relocated its Bingo hall to an adjoining outlet mall, making room for more slot machines in the casino and bringing more potential buyers into the shopping center near Alpine, California. A ribbon-cutting was held for the new 11,300-square-foot Bingo hall—which boasts a snack bar, valet parking and a dedicated slot machine area, along with a designated indoor smoking area. General Manager Peter Cortese said he believes this is California’s first Bingo hall to be located in a shopping center, making a great addition to the mall’s entertainment offerings, which already include a bowling center, show venue, outdoor movies in summer and ice skating in winter. “We’ve been entertainment-focused from the start,” Cortese said of the 16-year-old mall run by the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians. The new high-tech Bingo hall, which features both paper and video Bingo, will hold three sessions per day, with a capacity of up to 400 participants.
Bingo Benefits British Farmers After Floods
A charity Bingo evening at Maisemore village hall in Great Britain raised £1,000 to help farming families affected by flooding in Somerset and elsewhere. Arranged by the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution’s county fundraising committee, the event attracted 100 guests who also enjoyed a hot chili dinner. Regional manager Jenni Thompson said: “The money raised was a wonderful example of how the farming community supports fellow farmers in hard times. Thank you to everyone who supported us, especially Green Farm Seeds who sponsored the event and paid for the Bingo machine. It was a great evening’s entertainment which raised vital funds for RABI’s emergency fund.”
By Jeffrey Charboneau
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