Bingo night at Orondo School

Orondo area families attend bingo night on March 22, sponsored by the Community Scholarship Committee. (Empire Press photo/Darlene Paterson)


By Darlene Paterson
Empire Press Correspondent

The Orondo Community Scholarship Committee sponsored their second bingo night of the school year on March 22.

The school doors opened at 5:30 p.m. for community members to purchase bingo cards and tickets for food and kid’s games. Cards sold two for $15 or three for $20, and tickets were two for $1.

All proceeds from the auction provide scholarships for eighth grade students who apply and are accepted. Any eighth-grader who has attended the school for a minimum of two years, maintained at least a 2.0 grade-point average and takes the time to complete an essay application is eligible for a scholarship. Funds are held for the recipients until they graduate from high school and scholarships may be used for any secondary educational program.

Scholarship Committee member Scott Shriner said the proceeds from last fall’s bingo night exceeded previous years. Another big boost to the fund was anticipated from this spring’s event.

Many great prizes were lined up, provided by local residents and businesses.

Tammy Zanol, Shirley Auvil and Trudi Bartholomew kept busy in the kitchen providing chili, nachos, pizza, corn dogs and ice cream for those attending. Fruit cups, sodas and water were also available for two tickets each.

The auction got underway at 6 p.m. with Scholarship Committee President Armando Davila welcoming everyone and thanking those who donated items for the event.

Davila served as caller for the fast-paced bingo games while Scott and Dee Shriner assisted with prizes. Scott Shriner also helped call numbers.

Prizes included everything from flower pots to Seattle Seahawks sweatshirts, as well as numerous gift cards from area businesses.

Davila announced the 50/50 raffle and roamed the tables selling raffle tickets until the end of the evening when he announced the winner. A total of $232 was collected on the raffle of which half, or $116, went to the scholarship fund and half to the winner.

A new feature at this spring’s event was a hat store managed by volunteers Leo Velazquez and Jose Valasquez, both currently high school juniors and Orondo alumni.

One could purchase a sporty new baseball cap for just one ticket. There were many hats from which to choose, including a WSU Cougars cap. The large supply of hats was mostly gone by evening’s end.

While the bingo game took place in the auditorium, a cake walk and kids bingo game kept children busy in adjoining rooms.

Children and teens also roamed the playground, participated in a friendly soccer game or viewed the fire, patrol and sheriff vehicles parked at the north entrance of the building.

The evening ended at 9 p.m. when everyone gathered up their winnings and their tired children to head home after another fun night of community togetherness.