United Way to hold 10th basket Bingo fundraiser

PHOTO PROVIDED Shown are a few of the items that will be available during the United Way’s 10th basket Bingo fundraiser on Nov. 5.

One lucky person will win an entertainment center with a television and fireplace, love seat, coffee table and rug, just by supporting the Lycoming County United Way.

Basket Bingo will return on Nov. 5 at the Pennsdale Civic Center. Doors open at 11 a.m. Bingo begins at 1 p.m., with an early bird game at 12:45 p.m.

Tickets will be available at the door or they can be bought at a discounted rate at the Lycoming County United Way office.

Other prizes this year include Longaberger baskets and designer bags, as well as a handmade quilt from Jean Lowery, wife of Scott Lowery, former United Way executive director.

New this year are two 10th anniversary mystery boxes.

“We have two very nice items that I can’t tell you about or the mystery would be revealed,” volunteer Diane Stine said.

Stine, a Longaberger Co. consultant, began Basket Bingo a decade ago as a way to raise money for the multiple programs that benefit the community.

She teamed with her mother, Evelyn Free; daughter, Tanya Frey and daughter-in-law Kaitlyn Twigg. Last year, Stine’s oldest grandson, Sean Frey also started helping.

“We have many of the same volunteers for this event from the beginning and our family is very grateful for their help,” Stine said. “We couldn’t have this event without their assistance and the contributions of local businesses and friends of the United Way. It is great to know the funds we make directly support the many essential human services programs in Lycoming County.

“Some programs cannot operate without the funding of the United Way. Helping multiple programs with one event is a fun way to do something good for our neighbors and a great way for our family to give back.”

Last year, Basket Bingo raised $12,000 for the United Way, but it isn’t the figure that matters to Stine.

“If we raise $1 or $12,001, it will be a help to the community,” she said. “Those that attend come back year after year to spend a fun afternoon giving back to their community, enjoying great refreshments, being with friends and, if they are lucky, they will win a great prize.”

In addition to the refreshments, Basket Bingo also will have a 50/50 cash prize, a Chinese auction and door prizes.

For more information, contact the United Way at 570-323-9448.