Get a big bang for your Bingo buck

Linda Saholt

News Review Correspondent

Spend some bucks at the Lions Club’s big Bingo fundraiser — and the result will be big bangs at the Desert Empire Fairgrounds on Independence Day. According to Organizer Steve Morgan, only 300 tickets will be sold for the June 22 event, a fundraiser for Fourth of July fireworks.

“If everyone in Ridgecrest gave just one dollar to the Lions Club for the fireworks, we’d have the event paid for,” said Morgan. “The tickets are tax-deductible and are being sold by the Ridgecrest Lions Club Charity Foundation. It’s printed on the ticket and can be used as a receipt for tax purposes.

“Local businesses are donating items for door prizes. Modern Trophy will donate some special T-shirts to be given away to some of the Bingo players. People are stepping up — we’ve had some really good donations.”

The Lions Club has committed to $22,000 in fireworks for this year’s display. Presale tickets at $35 each are on sale now at Toboco Traders, Center Professional Phar-macy, Kerr McGee Center, Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce, All That Glitters Jewelry and the Knights of Columbus Hall. If you wait to buy your ticket at the door, the price will be $40.

That ticket gets you 20 games, with a prize for each game of $200 (175 players minimum). For just $15 more at the door, you can purchase an extra Jackpot Bingo 20-game pack while supplies last. Extra single cards will be available for each game.

Food and drink will be available. Also featured will be a 50/50 drawing and door prizes. Coffee and popcorn will be offered for free.

There will also be three games of “Double Action” Blackout Bingo at $2 per card or three cards for $5 for a 100-percent payout up to $250. You must be 18 or older to play, and you must purchase at least the Jackpot Bingo Pack to play.

Doors will open at the Kerr McGee Center at 9 a.m. on June 22, with Early Bird Bingo starting at 10 a.m. Jackpot Bingo will start at 11 a.m. Enter the Kerr McGee Center from the south entrance for this event and enjoy the air conditioning and the cushioned seats as well.

“Last year we lost $7,000. We can’t do that again,” said Morgan. “Even if you don’t play Bingo, please consider buying a ticket and give it so someone — the Senior Center, a good employee, or a gift to someone, or just consider it a donation to the Fireworks Fund.”

Donations may be mailed to The Ridgecrest Lions Charity Foun-dation Fireworks Fund, P. O. Box 2301, Ridgecrest, CA 93556. For more information, call Morgan at 760-375-2715 or Lions President Catina Hood at 757-362-5898.

Story First Published: 2013-06-12