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BINGO #2 FOR CANICA – CHILDREN WITH CANCER

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Written by Judith St. Gaudens author of Lilacs For Carrie

GALA NIGHT for Charity Bingo! When I arrived at Nacho Daddy, had I not had a reserved table, I’d have been playing bingo on the street! I’m not kidding! It was almost standing room only.

 

The final attendance for the evening was 150 generous, children-loving people playing bingo for Canica—Centro de Apoyo a Ninos con Cancer A.C. or Children with Cancer. What an amazing crowd. Wish list items piled up near the stage. Several children comfortably ensconced at a table near the front, avidly waited for the games to begin.

The usual pre-game activities ensued — Tim on cards, Lori on beads (I feared we might run low on beads), Robin BIG raffling, Carole 50/50 raffling, Lina handling the camera duties (Tim gave Oscar the night off) and Charlotte and Tammy running around doing everything else necessary to get us started. The Nacho Daddy staff was spot on. Food and beverages ordered and delivered with their usual precision.

A special treat for the evening was our guest callers — the always lovely, Pamela Thompson! and, wearing an interesting sxxtkickin’ boot — the marvelous Gary Green! Gary started us off with a BIG BINGO RAH, RAH! That’s not been done before. Then, Pam let us know that there would be no joking around. Just bingo calling. She wanted to be finished with the event by 8:30. Then, it was off to the races … and I mean RACES!

The first winner of the evening was none other than Ross Shaping. Way to go, Ross. Then, Joann Cain shouted “BINGO”, winning Game 2. Wheee! Denise Deramee took Game 3 and Connie Kogut wiped us all out, winning Game 4. Dyn-o-mite! Our beautiful children helped to deliver the heavily laden prize bags to the winners.

Suddenly, it was halftime! The children passed out marbles to all the participants — so we will remember them in the future. I’ll keep mine close to my heart, as are these children and all children with cancer — in my heart and in my prayers. I hope I’m not the only one. The children attending this evening’s festivities introduced themselves to the crowd. I believe the youngest was three. I sort of had to keep doodling so I wouldn’t cry. It was an emotional evening at times. It’s interesting to note that the types of cancers that affect children have a very high cure probability at around 70%. Canica arranges transportation to treatment facilities in Guadalajara for the children. The charity provides other important services as well. By participating in the games this month, we are contributing to the health and welfare of these deserving children.

Raffle ticket sales were brisk during halftime, too. Not only that, I spotted author Karen Blomain at a back table. Karen’s novels, “A Trick of Light” and “Season of Lost Children” are must-reads. I highly recommend them. Thank you for playing, Karen. Hmmmm. Oh, yes. The inimitable Bill Kelly also joined us. I’m certain there were other dignitaries and celebrities in the mob. I just couldn’t see them for all the people.

Additional food and beverages delivered yet again, Pam had us off to the races once more. Bev Shaw snagged Game 5. Nice one, Bev. Kurt Lauer and Debbie Burke bagged Game 6. Whooo, hoooo! Bruce Abrahamson won Game 7. Well done, Bruce.

I think it was at this point in the evening where the raffle tickets were pulled and the winners announced. The largest 50/50 raffle pot in Charity Bingo history – $3,100! – was won by Donna Bellwood. Donna told us the story about her son, a child cancer survivor, who will turn 36 years old this month. She generously donated her winnings back to the cause making the total take for the evening — wait for it — a whopping $25,250! Can you believe it? Well, believe it. The BIG Raffle was won by Llora Weismillek. The fabulous prize was a trip to Guadalajara, including transportation and two nights lodging provided by Superior Tours.

A very special shout-out to Pamela Thompson of HealthCare Resources for her efforts to drive folks to Bingo Night. And, I’m not talking by car, either. Emails, postings on Facebook, Twitter, more emails, more postings. The woman is tireless and I believe her endeavors definitely paid off tonight. Wonderful job, Pam. I don’t know where you find the energy but I know the children are grateful as is the rest of the community

We finished up the night with the always-challenging Blackout Bingo. I love this one. It was won by Richard Law and Donna Bellwood! Yippeee!

Congratulations to all our winners! Kudos to the 150 people who made the event a huge success for the children. Thanks as usual to our energetic sponsors – Tim and Lina of PVRPV, Charlotte and Carole of Xocodiva Artisan Chocolates and Lori of Rio Amapas-Private Luxury Residences. Without your hard work, Charity Bingo would not happen. And, what a wonderful list of contributors again for this event. Those prize bags are loaded! Many thanks to all.

By the way, the Bingo event was a done deal by 8:20! A Bingo Marathon! Whew!

Okay, kids. Let’s not forget that we play Bingo once more for this very worthy cause on Tuesday, January 24 at 6:30. Can anyone remember where? Oh, yes. Nacho Daddy! Until then, this is me, signing off.

SPONSORS Cheeky Monkey
Diamonds International Mail Boxes Etc.
Cassandra Shaw Xocodiva Artisan Chocolates
Fishing with Carolina Nacho Daddy
Deja New Consignment El Andariego
Joe Jack’s Fish Shack Apaches Bistro
Bubba Gump The Coffee Cup
JB Dancing Club No Way Jose Restaurant
Hotel Tropicana Cristelex
Curvas Peligrosas Gold’s Gym
The Dog House Los Veranos Canopy Tour
Café DesArtistes Page in the Sun
Canto del Mar Bellisima SPA
Daiquiri Dicks Frida Un Bar
PVRPV Natural Essence
The Palm Cabaret Cooling Ties by Bill Kelly
Socorro Macias Apaches Martini Bar
Flaveur City Sabrina Bar & Grill
Pegaso Tours Bella Napoli
Canopy River Franc Gol
Los Bambinos Los Alcatraces
La Kuh
Old Time Photo Studio
Lola Covarrubias Esther Sanchez

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ANOTHER EDITION OF BINGOLATION!

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Written by Judith St. Gaudens author of Lilacs For Carrie

Once again, a bunch of us got together at Nacho Daddy to play Bingo to benefit Discapacitados Visuales de la Bahia—Help to Blind People. Gosh, folks. Isn’t the weather fabulous? I arrived early after spending a splendid afternoon on the beach. I recommend it.

After finding my preferred table, I discovered that I had forgotten paper for notes. Had a pen, just no paper. And, Nacho Daddy recently laminated the special Bingo menus. What to do? Napkins just don’t work for note taking. Tammy to the rescue. Thanks Tammy for providing some really nice paper. Tammy told me that she really loves paper. Who knew? By the way, she loves tires, too. She recently had a birthday. I wonder which she got … paper or tires.

Showing up at the venue early gave me the opportunity to watch the all the avid, excited Bingo players find their favorite tables and place orders for their favorite food and drink with the A-1, top drawer Nacho Daddy Staff.

Carole, our nifty 50/50 raffle chica, was all decked out in a fur trimmed Santa hat. The white fur pom-pom bounced atop her head on a red springy thingy. Words fail me from time to time. Like now. Certainly a festive hat.

The room slowly filled. Carole peddled her tickets; Tim sold the cards (I’d like a lucky one, please). The beautiful Lori was in the house doing whatever else was required to get ready for the games. Lina, Tim’s lovely sister, worked the room selling BIG Raffle tickets for an unidentified but gigantic gift basket. The 411 will follow, I promise. As soon as I learned that chocolate was involved, (Charlotte was spotted bringing in the basket) I purchased three tickets. One stop shopping for Christmas gifts was my thinking.

Oh, by the way, Charlotte had a Santa hat identical to Carole’s. Thought I was seeing double. Ka-boing, ka-boing.

Stuff from the wish-list was piling up on the stage. Good news for our cause, to be sure, but, the room was only half-full. We couldn’t wait any longer. Our now regular guest caller, Sean Moore, was ready to Bingo. Check one, check two, check, check. N-45 started us off, in English and espanol. Sean’s espanol just gets better each time we play.

Gosh the restaurant was dark tonight. But, no holiday decorations. Awwww, shucks.

Happened to notice a beautiful young couple dressed in traditional clothing strolling through the restaurant. How lovely they were. I hoped they would dance during halftime, whenever that happened. One never knows anymore. The lovely couple was our prize delivery system for the evening.

Game 1 was won by Ron Springer, Marlene Rosenberg won Game 2. Whooo hoooo! Carol Clarke walked away with the prize bag for Game 3 and Judy Raad (a winner from our last event) won Game 4.

Tim called halftime after the (gasp) fourth game. Once again, we were treated to spectacular entertainment provided by members of Discapacitados Visuales de la Bahia. First, dancing by the young couple: Luis Enrique Mendez, who is the nephew of the charity founder, Rebeca and his partner Erendira Meza. They danced to La Negra and Guadalajara. What talent! Then, we were treated to a musical serenade by Edgar Gil on guitar and Antonio Morales on accordion. They played and sang Cielito Lindo and Caminos de Guanajuato. The charity has hugely participated in the events. It has not only been entertaining but gratifying as well. No blindfolds this week—just beautiful music. Many thanks to all the entertainers. Help for the Blind is truly a worthy cause.

Something nice happened during halftime … more folks started showing up. Can’t stay away. The festive music drew them in. Welcome newbies. Hope you played with us.

No matter where I turned, there were bobbing pom-poms. Ka-boing, ka-boing. Love those hats.

The first bingo of Game 5 was not a good bingo. Instead of a right-side up “T”, the player made an upside-down “T”. Ohhhhhh! Jan Saridakis (she was at my table) and Barbara Sandino were the eventual winners. Game 6 was won by Janet Seigneuret. Wheeeee!

The raffle girls were ready to raffle after Game 7, which was won by Joann Cain and Dennis Smith. Mr. Smith was at my table. Anyway, the 50/50 ticket was drawn and $900 was won by Margaret Souder! She generously donated her winnings back to the charity. What a wonderful gesture, Margaret. Thank you. The BIG Raffle was won by our own Lori Lorenzen! Lots of chocolate compliments of Xocodiva Artisan Chocolates and a gift certificate from for $1,000 US off interior design services! WOW!

Before we could get underway again with blackout bingo, we had our traditional bead spill near the stage. OH,NO! As usual, it was handled quickly and quietly. I love Bingo, don’t you?

A couple of street bingos during the final game. No one paid any attention because we were only a few numbers into the game. Anyway, we’re used to it. Game 8 was won by Dennis Schram. He won the same game the last time we played! What are the odds of that happening? Wow!

Congratulations to all the winners. You guys rock!

In spite of the holidays, we did well. 48 people came out and we collected a total of $7,190 for the evening. Thank you all for coming.

A big round of applause for all of our volunteers, especially Tim of PVRPV, Lina of PVRPV, Lori of Rio Amapas-Private Luxury Residences, Carole and Charlotte of Xocodiva Artisan Chocolates. Without you, Charity Bingo would not be a reality. I would be remiss if I didn’t extend warm thanks to Sean and the Nacho Daddy staff. And to all the prize donators, we’re very grateful for your participation.

Our next Bingo event will be held at Nacho Daddy at 6:30 on Tuesday, January 10, 2012. It will benefit Canica—Ninos con Cancer (Children with Cancer). Please join us and help to raise funds for another worthy cause. Watch for the wish list. Signing off until then.

Happy Holidays to all!!

SPONSORS Cheeky Monkey
Diamonds International Mail Boxes Etc.
Cassandra Shaw Xocodiva Artisan Chocolates
Fishing with Carolina Nacho Daddy
Deja New Consignment El Andariego
Joe Jack’s Fish Shack Apaches Bistro
Bubba Gump The Coffee Cup
JB Dancing Club No Way Jose Restaurant
Hotel Tropicana Cristelex
Curvas Peligrosas Gold’s Gym
The Dog House Los Veranos Canopy Tour
Café DesArtistes Page in the Sun
Canto del Mar Bellisima SPA
Daiquiri Dicks Frida Un Bar
PVRPV Natural Essence
The Palm Cabaret Cooling Ties by Bill Kelly
Socorro Macias Apaches Martini Bar
Flaveur City Sabrina Bar & Grill
Pegaso Tours Bella Napoli
Canopy River Franc Gol
Los Bambinos Los Alcatraces
La Kuh
Old Time Photo Studio
Lola Covarrubias Esther Sanchez

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