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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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Charity Bingo #1 for Discapacitados Visuales de la Bahia

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Written by Judith St. Gaudens author of Lilacs For Carrie

Well, folks. To begin with, I gotta say that our first Charity Bingo event benefiting Discapacitados Visuales de la Bahia – Help to Blind People, was amazing. We had a wonderful turn-out … 84 people braved the downtown traffic jams, detours and hard to find parking. Thank you all for coming. You helped to make the evening a roaring success. And, what an interesting evening it was…am I right?


Let’s get to it. Sean Moore of Nacho Daddy, our beloved guest caller, coined a new word for us. How’s this … ”BINGOLATION”. Love it!

The evening started out almost like any other. We ate, we drank, and we greeted friends, old and new. Tim, Carole and Robin worked the room selling Bingo cards (necessary items if one really wants to get into the game), 50/50 and BIG Raffle tickets. Several representatives from our charity arrived and sat in the front of the restaurant. It was great to have them participate. Some were visually impaired, some not. Two beautiful young women dressed in colorful, traditional garb accompanied them.

Then, Sean ramped it up. Bingolation! He started calling the letters and numbers. Game 1 was won by Rosalie Elliot. The beautiful women delivered the gift bag and posed for a picture with the lucky winner. Game 2 was won by Rhonda Angelo. Same prize delivery system. How nice is that? The famous and fabulous Bill Kelly won Game 3 and Michelle Mayer won Game 4.

Now, ordinarily, we have halftime after Game 4, cause we’re halfway through. See how that works? This was the second time that Sean decided to have halftime after Game 5, which by the way was won by our own Dennis Smith. Dennis is a lucky guy. We’d had a fake Bingo during Game 5. Like the automaton I am, I cleared one card. No way to recover. Really, I must pay better attention.

It’s halftime. A hush did not come over the crowd … not yet. We ordered more drinks and food, bought a few more raffle tickets, talked, laughed. I complained about the unlucky cards I’d drawn. Oh, well.

Now, a hush came over the crowd as a lovely young lady, Graciela Ruiz, began to play her keyboard for us. She played Cielito Lindo and Fur Elise. Graciela is extremely talented and her audience was enthralled. Then, Tim and several helpers distributed blindfolds to each of us. The idea was for us to experience how the visually impaired feel and hear the world around them. Once our blindfolds were in place, two more musicians took the stage … Edgar Gil on guitar who sang Los Laureles and El Sinaloense accompanied by Antonio Morales playing the accordion.

Listening to the beautiful music in the dark without distractions was an amazing experience, at least for me. Tim mentioned to me later that he was surprised at how many people were unable to keep their blindfolds in place throughout the performance. I can understand that some might feel just a little uncomfortable, perhaps even claustrophobic. Muchas gracias to all of the musicians and participants from Discapacitados Visuales de la Bahia. I believe that many of us learned a valuable lesson from this demonstration.

Once again … BINGOLATION. Game 6 was under way. Several numbers into the game, the street in front of Nacho Daddy erupted into an Aztec dance routine. Drums, rattles, conch … no less than eight plumbed dancers twirled and galloped up Basilio Badillo, leading a more traditional posada musical group, followed by families processing their way to Cathedral de Guadalupe. I’m thinking Sean didn’t hear the commotion, but many of us were so engrossed in watching the parade, we missed a whole bunch of numbers. Finally, Sean stopped calling, the parade passed by and we began Game 6 anew. Sean kindly summarized the numbers that had already been called. Jim Raad was the lucky winner of the game.

On to Game 7, then, which had three winners: Kerry Leathers, John McKwen, and Judy Raad. Hmmm do you think Judy is related to Jim?

It was time to announce the winners of the 50/50 raffle and the BIG Raffle, namely Patti Rock who won $1,825 and generously donated it back to the cause and Tik Thurston, who was the proud winner of the BIG Raffle Action Package including a boat trip from Pegaso Tours, a one night stay at Casa Isabele, a canopy tour compliments of, ta daa, Canopy Tours and … and (2) Cheeky Monkey T-Shirts! What an amazing prize.

Game 8, the big ol’ blackout bingo was won by none other than Dennis Schran.

Congratulations to all our winners!

An interesting coincidence … the total collected for the evening – $12,700 is the same amount collected the previous game, including the 50/50 raffle amount. Very interesting. Very interesting, indeed.

Gift Bags

No Way Jose Tino’s Restaurant
Papelería Limón Cristalex
Los Veranos Canopy tour Vallarta Shores
Nacho Daddy Deja New Consignment
Xocodiva Artisan Chocolates PVRPV
Fishing with Carolina Cassandra Shaw
Daiquiri Dicks Joe Jack’s Fish Shack
The Coffee Cup America Cruise
El Andariego Gold’s Gym
Las Palomas Restaurant Sirloin Stokade
Apaches Martini Bar Barra Bar
The Dog House Hotel Tropicana
Diamonds International Curvas Peligrosas
Bubba Gump Greeting Cards by Helen
JB Dancing Club Café DesArtistes
Novelties Karina Canto del Mar
Tropical Adventures Alexander A Salon

As usual, there are so many people who must be acknowledged, for without them, Charity Bingo just wouldn’t be possible. Tim from PVRPV, Charlotte and Carole from Xocodiva Artisan Chocolates, Lori from Rio Amapas-Private Luxury Residences, Sean Moore and Nacho Daddy, Oscar and Robin and any other volunteers I might have missed. Thank you all so much for all your hard work. The prize bags are just full of amazing gifts and services from so many wonderful businesses in Puerto Vallarta. Charity Bingo is truly a community project.

Okay. Don’t forget … Charity Bingo’s last event for Discapacitados Visuales will be held on Tuesday, December 20 at 6:30 at Nacho Daddy. Bring something from the wish list and/or a brand new player and you will receive a FREE bingo card. FREE.

Signing off until then.

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Discapacitados Visuales de la Bahia A.C. Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco – Wish List

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Come help us support Discapacitados Visuales de la Bahia A.C. this Tuesday, December 06th and December 20th 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!


The dishes, mugs and glasses are used for the workshops and daily activities.

Bond paper, rulers and punches are used to teach Braille.

Memory Sticks and Black CD’s are used for the computer classes.


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