The Union Recorder

May 20, 2013

American Legion Bingo hopes to have lucky number

Felicia Cummings
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — Most would agree that Mondays are the least favorite of all the days, but Monday nights could become the luckiest night of the week. 

Those in the mood for good times, great atmosphere, and the chance to try their luck at winning a great jackpot prize, the American Legion Bingo night may just have the lucky numbers. 

The Morris-Little Post 6 American Legion on Log Cabin Road is the place to be for a fun filled night where the right combination of numbers on a card can be the ticket to a cash prize.   

Bingo is a very popular and inexpensive pastime that’s entertaining for people of all ages. For 10 years, the American Legion has brought this classic game to residents of Baldwin County. 

“When we first started, our numbers ranged from 30 to 50 people per night,” said Bob Schneider, American Legion Post Bingo chairman.       

There’s more to American Legion’s Bingo Night than a combination of five letters and random numbers. The purpose of the gatherings is not only good times. Money raised is used to support the various programs sponsored by the American Legion family. 

“Everybody who works the Bingo Night are volunteers who give their time to help us fund our many excellent programs,” said Post Commander John Griffin. 

Some programs the organization supports include boys’ and girls’ state and national speech competitions, veterans affairs programs and rehabilitation and junior shooting sports.

“Many of our programs open kids’ eyes to things within their community that they hadn’t seen before,” said Bob Schneider of the American Legion. 

For instance, Boys State & Nation is a program that helps young men learn the rights and responsibilities of citizens within the government. 

“Boys get a chance to hold elections, learn about how their city and county government is run, and really get a feel and understanding of what is going on around them in their own town,” said Schneider. 

All residents of Baldwin and surrounding counties are welcome to participate in Bingo every Monday, starting at 6:45 p.m. for speedball followed by regular games at 7:30 p.m. There are a total of 7 games. The prize for the first game is $50. All games after that are $40. Refreshments are sold by the Ladies Auxiliary. Bingo jackpot prizes are calculated according to attendance. 

Participants must be at least 18 years old to play. For more information call John Griffin at 478-453-0295 or Bob Schneider at 478-452-8538. 

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