Bingo Night fun in Orondo

A part of the crowd is shown playing bingo. (Empire Press photo/Darlene Paterson)

 

By Darlene Paterson
Empire Press Correspondent

Children line up for the costume parade. (Empire Press photo/Darlene Paterson)

Bingo Night at Orondo provides community fun while raising scholarship funds for students.

The school gymnasium was filled to capacity for Bingo Night on Nov. 2.

Sponsored by Orondo Community Scholarships, the annual celebration provides funds for students who will receive scholarships at the end of the school year.

Cutest costume winner Yasmin Varela. (Empire Press photo/Darlene Paterson)

Any eighth grade student who has attended the school for a minimum of two years and maintained at least a 2.0 grade-point average may apply for a scholarship by completing an essay application. All money received during the year’s fundraising is held in trust and divided among scholarship recipients after they graduate from high school.

“We give away around $11,000 a year in scholarships,” committee member Dee Shriner said. “We usually give a scholarship to every student who takes the time to go through the application process.”

“This is one of our biggest fundraisers,” scholarship committee President Armando Davila said. “We have had amazing support and a lot of donations from individuals and businesses. It’s not only a great fundraiser but also a good way to bring the community together.”

Food was served from the kitchen throughout the evening. (Empire Press photo/Darlene Paterson)

Committee members Scott and Dee Shriner arranged a large array of prizes in front of the stage while Vice President Tammy Zanol and Secretary Trudi Bartholomew supervised the kitchen crew.

Volunteers from Douglas County Fire District 4 parked one of their engines outside the back door. The flashing lights beckoned students to explore the engine or talk to a firefighter.

Wenatchee Pediatric Dentistry sponsored a table at the back of the room where they gave away toothbrushes, lip balm and tote bags.

When doors opened at 5 p.m. community members lined up to purchase bingo cards and tickets for carnival games and food.

By 6 p.m., the gymnasium was filled with eager participants and the night of bingo began with Davila calling the numbers. Scott Shriner kept busy handing out prizes as cards filled. School Superintendent Dr. Ismael Vivanco also assisted with calling bingo numbers.

A large variety of prizes included everything from gift baskets to blankets and a leaf blower to a bag of socks. Numerous gift cards to local businesses including Costco and Olive Garden were among prizes won during the evening.

In addition to a full night of bingo, the festivities included a fun run on the sports field sponsored by the Run and Other Fun Club, a cake walk, kid’s bingo and a costume parade.

Staff from Wenatchee Pediatric Dentistry hand out dental health information and gifts. (Empire Press photo/Darlene Paterson)

As the children paraded around the room in their costumes, a panel of judges chose winners in four categories. Scariest costume went to Joseline Tapia, cutest to Yasmin Varela, funniest to Beckett Poush, and most original to Aiden and Romero Tellez, as little dinosaurs riding in a Jurassic Park cage.

Two raffle drawings also took place during the evening.

During the month of October, students worked hard selling raffle tickets. “We offered some good incentives as motivation for the kids to sell more tickets this year,” Davila said.

“Our students sold over 4,000 tickets,” Rose Auvil announced. The winning elementary student received a bicycle and the middle school winner a $50 Target gift card. Other student prizes included movie tickets, a soccer set and wireless speakers.

Grand prize for the raffle was a 55-inch Smart TV. Second prize winner received an airplane ride provided by Scott Carter. Third prize was a $250 Costco gift card and fourth prize a coffee basket.

Toward the end of the evening a 50-50 raffle drawing took place. Attendees at Bingo Night purchased dollar tickets during the evening. A total of $360 was raised. Half of that amount went to the scholarship fund and the winning ticket holder received the other $180.

The night’s celebration concluded around 9 p.m. with those winning prizes departing with a gift, a smile and a thank you; and everyone grateful for having attended an enjoyable evening for a good cause.