October 20th fund-raiser celebrates 10th Anniversary of event
(Minneapolis, MN) On Saturday, October 20, Bingo A-GoGo will take center stage for “Birthday Party Bingo” in honor of the 10th anniversary of the event. Bingo A-GoGo is a creative fundraising event benefiting Park House, an HIV/AIDS care provider, and the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus.
What started in a cozy basement at Incarnation Church in South Minneapolis with approximately 450 attendees, has grown into a large-scale, 900+ player fundraising event at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis.
Attendees of Bingo A-GoGo play nine or ten games of bingo for cash and prizes. They can also enter sizable raffle drawings, watch live entertainment, enjoy food and alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages, and participate in a birthday party-themed costume contest for prizes.
The event’s emcee, the boisterous Miss Richfield 1981, and her sidekicks Barbie Q, Gosh Alice Jones and Mrs. Margie Pederson, are always a comedic hit with attendees. Their constant banter with bingo participants has people at the edge of their seats wondering what they will say next.
Miss Richfield 1981 has appeared on TLC’s “Cake Boss”, performs on Atlantis cruises, performs annually to sold-out shows in Provincetown, and hosts a holiday show in Minneapolis every December. A full bio on Miss Richfield can be seen at www.missrichfield.com.
Bingo A-GoGo started in 1992 as a benefit for Park House and Clare Housing, two HIV/AIDS care providers. In 2011, the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus joined Park House as the beneficiary when Clare Housing went a different direction with their fundraising efforts.
“Since our first game in 2002, Bingo A-GoGo has raised over $600,000, ensuring efforts to provide supportive housing and day and mental health services to the HIV/AIDS community in the Twin Cities,” says Shannon Regan, Bingo A-GoGo co-organizer and self-proclaimed ‘Bingo Babe’.
Bingo A-GoGo players come from all walks of life: work groups, socialites, wedding parties, serious bingo players and couples just wanting to have fun – from 30-something businessmen to groups of retired suburban friends. When all is said and done, the October 20th event will have nearly 1,000 people playing bingo in a “great bingo hall” to benefit two far-reaching charities.
“We are so thankful for our dedicated bingo sponsors, supporters and volunteers – not to mention the players! This event brings together an amazing community to support Park House and the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus,” says Jeff Heine, TCGMC executive director. “And don’t forget all the fun we have,” chimes in Regan.
Businesses looking to reach this targeted market are invited to contact Shannon Regan at 612-871-1264 to discuss sponsorship or prize donation opportunities. Bingo sponsor partners get a wide range of exposure to a very large market of individuals who support local causes.
Birthday Party Bingo A-GoGo
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Doors: 5:30 p.m.; Games begin at 7 p.m.
$35 advance; $40 day of event
Hyatt Regency, Minneapolis
For more information about Bingo A-GoGo or to purchase tickets, visit www.bingoagogo.com or become a fan on facebook.
Editor note: Photos from past Bingo A-GoGo events available for publication. Interviews with Miss Richfield 1981 and the Bingo A-GoGo organizers also available upon request.
Contact: Shannon Regan