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CHARITY BINGO # 2 FOR ASILO SAN JUAN DIEGO PUERTO VALLARTA

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Written by Judith St. Gaudens author of Lilacs For Carrie

Anticipation was running high when I arrived at Nacho Daddy to participate in the second and final Bingo game benefiting Asilo San Juan Diego, Puerto Vallarta’s home for seniors. Once again, the restaurant was filled with eager faces. Once again, many were unfamiliar to me but that’s a good thing. The word is out. The exceptional Nacho Daddy wait staff was serving drinks and food with alacrity. I and my guest took a seat at Tom’s table.

It was a treat to learn that Juan Carlos would be calling Bingo, assisted by the lovely Lina of PVRPV. Carole, our capable 50/50 raffle chica was working the room, but she wasn’t as exuberant as usual. No matter, everyone bought tickets. San Juan is such a worthy cause and everyone involved was determined to raise as much money as possible.

A gentleman from New Zealand carried in the cutest little dog. He was hoping to adopt the poor thing out as he was unable to return to New Zealand with an animal. I don’t know if our friend was successful. I hope so. Another dog was present in the room, though I doubt the owner would have given this beautiful Samoyed up for all the tortillas in Mexico. What an amazingly well trained animal. The brightest white fur and the sweetest face I’ve ever seen on a Samoyed. What a treat. Yes, folks. One can bring one’s well-behaved dog into many restaurants in Mexico.

Enough about dogs. Last week I promised to tell you the history of Bingo. I went to Wikipedia for the information. It’s pretty boring so I’m not going to expound on it much except to say Bingo is usually played as a gambling game or as a way to raise funds for worthy causes, churches, etc … just like we’re doing … and has been around, in the US, at least, since 1920. It actually originated as a lottery game in Italy around 1530. So, that’s kind of interesting but I think it’s the players who make our games exciting. There are very serious Bingo players out there, some playing as many as 30 cards at a time! This usually occurs in Casino Bingo where the players use daubers, not beads. Anyway, I’m never bored at our Bingo nights and I like using beads. Oh my gosh! Can you imagine using beads on 30 cards? One bump of the table and …

Robin was selling the Big Raffle tickets. What an exciting gift this time. A “Romance Basket.” Oooo, lah, lah. My whole table bought tickets…the basket contained a bottle of fine champagne and two flutes compliments of Trattoria Michel, a gift certificate for a visit for two to Metamorfosis Day Spa, delicious chocolates compliments of  Xocodiva Artisan Chocolates and a gift of 2 dozen roses from Eden Flores. Many thanks to those businesses who donated their products to this beautiful prize package.

Well, after purchasing our cards, 50/50 raffle tickets, Big Raffle tickets, food and beverages we were ready to get underway. When Juan Carlos had the group’s attention (90 in number!), he called the first letter/number…N-41. Suddenly, a parade started up the street. Music, noise-makers, marchers all in bright pink shirts. The march was to bring awareness to breast cancer. The small group only took around 60 seconds to get past us and we were able to continue. The first game was won by a rather shy person…Laarle Spiess, who raised his hand to signify his bingo. Tim almost missed it. Liz Miller won game 2 and shared the win of game 3 with Lili Velazquez. Game 4 was won by Larry Wright. Once underway, the first half went very quickly. Before we knew it, it was half-time. We all know the drill: more food and drink orders, the other break, the stretch and walk outside to check out the sunset, final raffle ticket purchases.

We began anew with game 5, won by Toby Morris. Game 6 was won by a professional Bingo player … Cheryl Sellers brought her own buttons to use as markers. That raised the discussion about our colorful beads. Over the months, they’ve gotten sticky. Yours truly volunteered to take them home and give them a good bath. I’ll probably just stick them in the pool and swoosh them around a bit. One of my table mates suggested that I grind them into squares so they won’t roll. I had another suggestion for him. Anyway, the beads are currently in my possession. Don’t worry. They’ll be back for our first game on November 8th.

The 50/50 raffle jackpot came in at $3,900 pesos with $1,950 going to Wendy Feldman, the holder of the winning ticket. Congratulations Wendy! Thank you for making the trip from Xtapa to join us. Dennis Smith was the lucky winner of the Big Raffle “Romance Basket”, valued at $4,500 pesos. Congratulations to you, Dennis! Enjoy.

Game 7 was won by Pierre Paquette and game 8, Blackout, was won by Drew Baldridge.

Congratulations to all our game winners and thank you for coming out and helping to make the event a success. Your generosity helped to raise a whopping $11,240 pesos, bringing the combined total to $22,287 for Asilo San Juan Diego. Give yourselves a big round of applause!

Sponsors

Gift Bags

No Way Jose

Margaret Souder
Coolling Ties by Bill Kelly Malcom Art
Cheeky Monkey Franc Gole
Artepil SPA Deja New Consignment
Xocodiva Artisan Chocolates PVRPV
Fishing with Carolina Cassandra Shaw
Cupo City Joe Jack’s Fish Shack
Coffe Cup Lola Covarrubias
Esther Sánchez Socorro Macías
Los Alcatraces Restaurant Flaveur City
Mail Boxes Etc. Gay Vallarta Bar Hopping
Health Care Resources Apaches Bar

Raffle

Trattoria Michel Metamorfosis Day Spa
Eden Flores Xocodiva Artisan Chocolates

None of this would be possible without the hardworking administrative committee of Charity Bingo, namely Tim of PVRPV, Lori of Rio Amapas-Private Luxury Residences, and Charlotte and Carole of Xocodiva Artisan Chocolates. Our other volunteers include Robin, Lina, Juan Carlos and Oscar. Many thanks to all of you for your generosity. Charity Bingo wouldn’t happen without your tireless efforts.

Don’t forget that in November we will play Bingo for Casa Hogar, the local children’s orphanage. A wish list will be published soon. Donations for all of our causes can be made anytime at the PVRPV office, Pino Suarez #210 in Old Town, but, if you bring something from the wish list on Bingo night, you qualify for an extra card, FREE! Doesn’t get much better than that.

See you Tuesday, November 8 at 6:30 for another exciting evening of Charity Bingo!

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CHARITY BINGO PUERTO VALLARTA – LET THE GAMES BEGIN!

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Written by Judith St. Gaudens author of Lilacs For Carrie

What a great night for BINGO! New faces, familiar faces, the Nacho Daddy staff on their toes and as friendly as ever, Hurricane Jova looming off the coast and the potential for losing the electricity. I mean, does it get any more exciting than this?

The evening was a good start to benefit our October charity…Asilo San Juan Diego…the local senior citizens home. Many generous people not only purchased Bingo cards (well one rather needs them to play) but 50/50 raffle tickets and BIG raffle tickets, too. Food and drink were plentiful as usual. Nacho Daddy offered their regular menu as well as their specially priced Bingo menu. Something new was added especially for this evening…2 X 1 HURRICANES! Go figure.

Hurricane is a deliciously sweet drink made from fruit juice, sometimes grenadine (which is made from pomegranates) and rum. Yum. Sort of a health beverage, if it includes grenadine. The drink was made popular in New Orleans back in the 1940’s by tavern owner Pat O’Brien. Apparently, rum was not all that popular back in the day and Pat was waiting on a shipment of the preferred whiskey and scotch. But, all he had was cheap rum. So, he invented the concoction to use it up. The sweetness disguised its unpleasant taste. Of course, there are other Hurricane stories out there. Apparently, the drink in the Bahamas is made with coffee. Next time, I’ll tell you the history of Bingo. No. Just kidding. Well, maybe not.

We got started a little late but that gave folks the opportunity to get to Nacho Daddy (street parking was not a problem), and it gave the raffle ticket sellers (our own Carole…the 50/50 chica, and the handsome, fast talking Miguel selling the BIG raffle tickets) the opportunity to work the room.

Finally, we were underway. Kind of. First, Tim introduced the evening’s sponsors…Lori of Rio Amapas Private Luxury Residences, Charlotte and Carole of Xocodiva Artisan Chocolates and Tim of PVRPV all volunteer their time as the administrative committee of Charity Bingo. Also, thanking all the volunteers, Robin, Miguel, Lina and Oscar. They coordinated with Asilo San Juan Diego to make the evening a success. Many thanks and a big round of applause to all of our volunteers.

I’ve said it before; playing Bingo is like riding a bicycle.  With Oscar as the caller (no assistant tonight), the first letter/number was called…O 61. And we were off and Bingo-ing. Some people were playing four cards as they’d brought an item from the San Juan Wish List. For the most part, the list includes the normal necessities…toilet paper, rice, cooking oil, tuna in water, baby wipes, bath soap, etc…all things useful for operating a home for our seniors. Actually, the list is quite extensive.

The first game was won by Maggie Harbour. Go, Maggie! The winner of our first game of the season. Once into the second game, some of us thought that the rain had finally started. Nope. False alarm. It was the sizzle of a fajita platter cooking at a nearby table. Spooky. Sounded just like rain. Back to Bingo. Game #2 had two winners…Tom Atkachunas and Randy Haessig. Way to go, guys. During Game #3, we had our first fake Bingo as we like to call them. Eventually, we had a good one. The winner was Estela Garcia. Well done, Estela. Then, on to Game #4, won by Valentin Moreno. Bravo, Valentin.

Break time! Some of us ordered more drinks, others relieved themselves of previously consumed beverages while still others took their cameras and phones outside to photograph the stunningly beautiful sunset. Yes. You read it correctly. A sunset in the middle of a hurricane. Imagine that!

Then, we were back with Game #5 which was won by Robert Mahoney. Nicely played, sir. Our own Captain Doug Danielson eked out a win in Game #6. I was glad because he had been so close so many other times.

Right about then, Tim had the 50/50 raffle drawing. 1/2 of a kitty of $2,894 pesos was up for grabs. Tammy pulled the ticket, and the winner? … Julie Guerrero from No Way Jose! The restaurant was closed because of the pending storm so she decided to join us for Bingo and we’re so glad she did. Julie won $1,447 pesos and donated it back to San Juan! A very generous gesture, Julie. Thank you so much. That extra money combined with card sales and BIG raffle ticket sales brought the evenings total to $11,047 pesos! Imagine what we could have raised with more than 52 people in attendance. Next time, folks. I’m not kidding. There won’t be a hurricane or any excuse not to come out for Bingo on October 25. That’s a Tuesday, by the way. Oh, and the BIG raffle…a one night’s stay at the beautiful Casa Isabelle, dinner for two at Daiquiri Dick’s and a dandy bottle of sipping tequila…was won by Divina Angélica Andrade from Casa Hogar! Interestingly enough, we will be benefiting Casa Hogar during the November Bingo games. Casa Hogar is our local children’s home or orphanage. Thank you for coming out to benefit Asilo San Juan Diego. So, as you can see, the prizes are fabulous, and the fun just keeps on coming.

The gang at my table dubbed the 7th Bingo game “The Hurricane” because in order to win, one must cover all the outside spaces…a square or a circle if you will. The name didn’t catch on. Oh, well. The winner was Michael Gutierrez. Black-out bingo, the 8th and final game, was won by a person at a very fun loving table. Oh, they were having an exciting time. The winner was Tiffany Stevenson.

Congratulations to all our winners and to all the players. You people rock! And so do our bighearted sponsors:

Joe Jacks Fish Shack HealthCare Resources
Restaurante La Chata Artepil SPA
Mail Boxes Etc Cooling Ties
Deja New! Clothing Consignments Restaurante Los Alcatraces
Flaveur City Xocodiva Artisan Chocolates
The Coffee Cup Cheeky Monkey
CupoCity Lola Covarrubias
Ester Sanchez Soccorro Macias
Margaret Souder PVRPV
Daiquiri Dicks

Nacho Daddy Mex Tex

Casa Isabel Boutique Hotel

Congratulations to all our winners and to all the players. You people rock! And so do our bighearted sponsors:

Your generosity in donating certificates and other prizes is greatly appreciated and helped to make our first Bingo night a success. All of the winners will certainly enjoy their prizes.

Remember…we will play again on October 25, to benefit Asilo San Juan Diego, the local senior citizens home. This is a very worthy cause and very important to the community. I would like to encourage everyone to join us at Nacho Daddy. We really have a wonderful time and it will be super to see a larger crowd next time.

Donations from the wish list can be dropped off during the week at PVRPV Pino Suarez #210 in Zona Romantica. Or, better yet, bring them to the next game and get an extra card!

Deja New! Clothing Consignments

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Asilo San Juan Diego – Wish List

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Come help us support Asilo San Juand Diego this Tuesday, October 11th and October 25th at Nacho Daddy’s, located at 180 Basilio Badillo in Old Town.

BRING AN ITEM FROM THE WISH LIST AND GET A FREE CARD TO PLAY !!!

We look forward to seeing you at B-I-N-G-O!

We also have a bazzar so any used clothing or article is appreciated

www.asilosanjuandiego.org.mx / asilo san juan diego ac FACEBOOK

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