United Way holds 6th annual basket bingo

There are more than just baskets available for winners of the sixth annual United Way basket bingo.

Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 3 at the Old Lycoming Township Fire Hall. An early bird special will begin at 12:45 p.m. and regular bingo will begin at 1 p.m.

Tickets can be bought prior to the event at the United Way office, 1 W. Third St., for a fee. The ticket is good for 20 games of regular bingo. Anyone who wants to play must have a ticket.

There also will be five specials and the Super Bingo, which are extra. Chinese auction and raffle items, as well as refreshments and a 50/50, will be available.

“Bingo is played with regular games and specials, but all of the winnings are baskets or pottery from the Longaberger company,” said Diane Stine, a Longaberger consultant. While the prizes are from Longaberger, the company is not affiliated with the basket bingo.

For the past few years, there has been a Super Bingo game, with a prize worth more than $1,000, Stine said. It consists of various items from Longaberger with a room theme. This year’s room theme is the kitchen. The prize will be an island on wheels with wrought iron bar stools, pottery, flatware, knives and baskets from Longaberger and a Keurig coffee pot.

“I wish I could win it,” Stine said. “It looks great. All of it goes to one winner.”

Stine had been selling Longaberger for a long time and was a member of the United Way board of directors when they were looking for ways to have a fundraiser to involve people who wanted to get out of the house and do something fun, as well as give back to the community.

Stine, with her mother, daughter and daughter-in-law, decided to have a basket bingo.

“It has brought us together many times to shop together, brainstorm about the theme and all at the same time, giving back to the community ourselves. Some of the agencies could not offer the programs they do without funding from the United Way.”

The United Way serves 26 agencies and 37 programs in Lycoming County. It serviced more than 40,000 people this past year, Stine said.