United Way to hold ninth annual basket bingo fundraiser

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A rocker from Cracker Barrell, a bicycle with a Longaberger basket attached and a one-day ski package for two individuals at Crystal Lake Ski Center are some of the items available at the United Way’s ninth annual basket bingo.

PHOTO PROVIDED A rocker from Cracker Barrell, a bicycle with a Longaberger basket attached and a one-day ski package for two individuals at Crystal Lake Ski Center are some of the items available at the United Way’s ninth annual basket bingo.

The Lycoming County United Way is gearing up for its ninth annual basket bingo fundraiser. The popular event is anticipated by many and will be held Nov. 6 at the Pennsdale Civic Center, 261 Village Road, Muncy.

Doors open at 11:30 a.m. with an early bird special featuring 50/50 cash bingo at 11:45 a.m. and regular bingo beginning at 1 p.m.

Volunteer, Diane Stine, with the help of her mother, Evelyn Free, came up with the idea for the event and have been leading it ever since.

People whom Stine works with and the entire staff of Lycoming County United Way also will be volunteering during the event.

This year’s event will include 20 regular games, four regular specials, a super bingo game and a 50/50 early bird game. There also will be two 50/50 raffles, 60 Chinese auction items and six raffle items.

Last year’s event raised $13,000 and the total amount raised over the past eight years, for this fundraiser, is more than $60,000.

“It’s a true sense of satisfaction, to know people like what we’ve presented for the event. Everyone is having fun,” Stine said.

Prizes for this year’s basket bingo will include Coach handbags, Longaberger baskets with at least one fill item, a rocker from Cracker Barrell, a bicycle with a Longaberger basket attached and a one-day ski package for two individuals at Crystal Lake Ski Center, 1716 Crystal Lake Road, Hughesville, which will include the lift package, rental fee of skis, ear warmers and caps. There will be 40 door prizes available to those who buy tickets; which will be gift cards for local restaurants. A $500 prize also will be given away at the beginning of the event.

One thing that sets this year’s bingo apart from previous years is the super bingo prize, which will include a “dining room ensemble complete with dining room chairs, table, baker’s rack, dishes, flatware and decorations for a Thanksgiving event,” Stine said.

Tickets can be bought in advance at a discounted rate by calling the United Way’s office at 570-323-9448 via check, cash or credit card where they will then be held at the door. Tickets also will be available at the door for a fee.

All proceeds will go into the Lycoming County United Way’s community fund, which provides funding that directly benefits the 34 Lycoming County human service programs including the Children’s Development Center, Diakon Family Life Services and the local YMCA’s.

This year alone, the “Lycoming County United Way has raised $1,480,000 overall,” said Scott N. Lowery, LCUW executive director.

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