CLARKS SUMMIT — Children and their families tentatively waited to get five numbers in a row as they played bingo at the Clarks Summit Fire Hall on Sept. 23. It wasn’t for money or for purses but was the American Girl? Lego Bingo Fundraiser that offered prizes of American Girl dolls and accessories and Lego sets.
The event was a combined fundraiser for both the Abington Community Library and the Taylor Community Library. It raised funds for the Abington Library to have more meeting spaces and for upcoming events at the library in Taylor.
Instead of the usual purse bingo, the board members of both libraries wanted to start a different kind of bingo game, geared toward children.
“They (public) thought it was a great idea,” said Jeanie Sluck, director of the Taylor Community Library. “We are so thankful to all of our sponsors, donors and volunteers.”
Sluck volunteered to cook food in the fire hall’s kitchen with other members of the Taylor Public Library. Concessions included wimpies, hot dogs, haluski, pizza, broccoli and shells and drinks. Baked goods were also available for purchase.
Fidelity Bank provided free ice cream treats from its ice cream van, driven by its official driver Jenny Kaye.
“We love giving back to the community,” said AVP & branch manager Joann Pezzuti.
Anne Lavelle, a patron of the Taylor Community Library, donated dresses she made for the American Girl dolls to be used as raffle prizes.
Renee Roberts, young adult services and project manager of the Abington Community Library, announced the letters and numbers during each game while players marked different color scorecards with a marker.
I think we are having a blast,” said Taylor resident Ron Millon, whose 9-year-old daughter Ella won the Ultimate American Girl Bundle by forming the letter “L” on her scorecard. “We are having a good time.”
When Mary Elise Booth, of Dalton, saw the prize of the American Girl Julie doll, her grandmother Marie Packer, sitting next to her, told her she was going to win it for her. And she did.
Nine-year-old Bobby Sheils, of Clarks Summit, said he was very close to winning one of the bingo games while playing with his mother Mary, her sister Clare and friend Ava Kalazinski.
“I like bingo,” said Bobby. I’m having a lot of fun, too.”
Lego prizes included Lego Ship in a Bottle, Lego Minecraft bundle, Lego Friends Bundle, and Lego City Mountain Police Headquarters.
The bingo games had a big turnout with tables filled with people from the community showing support for both libraries.
“Though fundraising is vital, it does take a lot of time and effort, said Sandy Longo, director of Abington Community Library. “This bingo was a great opportunity to combine resources and staff of two member libraries from the Lackawanna County Library System to make fundraising not only successful but also more manageable. We are so grateful for the support of our communities.”
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