“Blingo” fund-raiser to benefit people with disabilities

“Blingo” fund-raiser to benefit people with disabilities

Those looking to enjoy a fun night out while supporting people with disabilities should plan to attend the second annual Sassy Baggs & Beyond “Blingo” fund-raiser Wednesday, February 21.

The event will be held at The Resource Center’s administrative offices at 200 Dunham Avenue in Celoron.  Doors will open at 6:00, with the Blingo games starting at 7:00.  Those planning to attend should park in the rear lot and use the far left entrance at the back of the building.

The evening will feature 11 games of bingo, with handbags from designers such as Betsy Johnson, Anne Klein and London Fog as prizes.  In between the Blingo games, there will be raffles for additional prizes.

“This event is really back by popular demand,” said Victoria Trass Bardo, development and events manager for Filling the Gap, Inc.  “The ladies that attended last year’s inaugural event are very excited for the return of Sassy Baggs and Beyond Blingo.”

Admission is $20.  Included in the cost of admission are the Blingo games, light refreshments and a chance to win a door prize.  Each person will receive an admission packet containing four chances to win for each of the 11 bingo games.  Additional packets will be available for purchase, and everyone who buys an extra packet will receive a $5 gift certificate from The Main Landing in Celoron.  The restaurant also is providing gift certificates to be used as raffle prizes.

Donna Germain, the owner of The Main Landing, attended Blingo last year and wanted to support the second annual event.

“It’s a great way to donate,” Germain said of a format that enables people to support The Resource Center’s mission while enjoying themselves in the process.  “You can have fun and contribute at the same time.”

The event is being organized by Filling the Gap, which works with The Resource Center to improve the lives of people with disabilities in Chautauqua County.  Money raised through Sassy Baggs & Beyond Blingo will benefit the Look Good Fund.   The fund was established by former area resident and Resource Center board member Margaret Look, who wanted people with disabilities to be able to obtain money for things such as a haircut or new work clothes.

“Our fund-raiser is something that is a little different for Filling the Gap,” said Bardo.  “We have great handbags and have received support and donations from many local business partners.  Tickets are still available.  We hope to make some new friends at our second annual Blingo game, which is a fun night out for the ladies.”

For more information, phone Bardo at 661-1477.

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