Black Tie Bingo Raises Thousands For Kids

By Ben Hamill - November 04 2019

27 years and still going strong. Such is the magic of the success story that is Red Deer’s Rotary Club’s Black Tie Bingo. Each year, the organisation raises thousands of dollars for a charity of annual choosing, and this year’s event proved no different. The Wednesday night Black Tie Bingo event saw some 420 participants arrive at Alberta’s Cambridge Hotel and Conference Centre, with a single goal in mind: to play Bingo and raise funds in support of the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre.

Participants each year stand a chance of leaving with anything from $1 to $2,000 in prize money. The pay-off is however so much bigger than the prize money up for grabs and charities typically benefit from anything between $80,000 and $100,000 in much-needed donations.

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Spreading The Bingo Fun

Event chairman Dan Hachey described the evening as “fantastic” and said that even though the total of the money raised as a result of the evening isn’t yet known; the expectation is that it will again tally in the region of $100,000. Hachey said that was great fun to look on as couples as well as individuals discovered Black Tie Bingo and learnt how to play the game. He also said that the club has a silent auction display that is of the biggest in town; if not the biggest of all.

As for the annual beneficiaries, selections are made based on presentations performed by charities that are eager to apply for the funding. What clinched the funding for the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre, said Hachey, was the actual presentation and the way in which it was executed. The presentation “pulled on everyone’s heart strings”, said the chairman. He described the organisation as a charity that does a great deal of good adding value to the lives of children and entire families. They are serious about what they do, and the fact that they lend help to victims of child abuse makes it all the more worthy and worthwhile a cause in terms of support.

Mental Health Is A Priority

Hackey also commented on the fact that Red Deer’s Rotary Club has in the past 4 or 5 years focused mainly on mental health issues. The fact that there remains a stigma attached to mental health issues makes it so that it still isn’t often discussed. This is also the biggest reason behind the club’s decision to support mental health and to pioneer vital conversations around mental health.

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