SBA Alumnae Bingo Coming Back Strong

SBA Alumnae Bingo

After a brief pandemic hiatus, the monthly SBA Cash Bingo is back at the Polish Falcons Club and has proven to be tons of fun with proper precautions in place. Players are required to wear masks when moving about and not seated in socially distanced seating. "Sixty-five came to play. We sell tickets ahead of time to be sure we do not have to turn people away at the door. In addition to having fun, everyone was careful to keep the proper distance so we'd all be safe," said Darlene Kerstetter, '82, St. Benedict Academy Alumnae Association President.
Board member Val Purzycki, '88, organizes the Bingo events and supervises the following of COVID restrictions—as a staff person at Polish Falcons, she had already marked the spacing and is familiar with the food and beverage guidelines.

New games have been added to Cash Bingo. “The $100.00 instant lottery tree was a big success as well as the 50/50 drawing. Another fun game was added called ‘money in the box.’ We sold tips for $1.00 each, and the winner picked a box. Each box had a cash amount between $45 and $75,” commented Darlene. “The final 'cover-your-card' bingo paid $300.00 plus whatever number they won on. For example, if they won on B 9 they won 309.00! It was a ton of fun.”

The money raised helps cover SBA Alum Association expenses including printing and mailings. Funds raised also support scholarships to family members of SBA alumnae who attend Catholic schools. It is also a means for the alumnae to support the Benedictine Sisters and their ministries. "The sisters made the SBA experience what it was for us, and even after all these years (the Academy closed in 1988 but the SBA Alum remain strong and faithful) we continue to live the Benedictine values they taught us. We are grateful we can help in some way," said Darlene.

Cash Bingo is open to the public and tickets are sold at the door. The next SBA Bingo will be on Sunday, April 25 at the Polish Falcons on East 3rd Street. Seats are limited. If you are interested in reserving seats or future dates, email Darlene at darker1006@gmail.com or call 814-580-7352 or call Valerie at 814-566-3624.

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