Organizers pulled out all of the tables and chairs the Douglas Rec Center and adjacent high school had to offer. It wasn’t enough.
Family Bingo Night, an annual event put on by Douglas Intermediate and Upper Elementary Schools, has always been a popular family-friendly attraction, but this year was different.
“It far exceeded our expectations,” organizer Jamie Miller said. “We used every table and chair the Rec Center and high school had and we still had people sitting on the floor.”
The night of fun was led by both Miller and Missy Hodgs.
Miller estimated a turnout of approximately 500 attendees this year, who bought up more than 9,000 bingo cards in the first 40 minutes.
“I’m thinking this was one of our biggest turnouts,” she said.
Funds raised during the night go towards local families experiencing hardships. After it was all said and done, they pulled in $6,000. Considering they raised $4,000 last year -Miller was thrilled with the end result.
“I think it is an amazing opportunity to support families and literacy while having fun,” Miller said. “I love that it has so many purposes.”
Those who won with their Bingo cards had the chance to browse tables full of books and pick one to take home for every win they achieved.
Miller said they had 2,000 books at the start of the night and just over 100 left at the end. Books were purchased by the student committee and DIS/DUES PAC. In addition, raffle tickets were sold for the chance for folks to win a prize if their number was called.
Miller said this year’s Bingo Night had 52 sponsors from around the community, and $1,500 - 2,000 was spent on prizes ranging from big screen TVs, bikes and everything in between.
Another heartwarming moment was when those who had already claimed a Bingo of their own dished out spare cards to those who hadn’t won.
“I’m pretty sure everyone left with a book,” she said. “It was just a great night, and I’m humbled by the support of everyone involved.”