SHERIDAN – The Sheridan Rotary Club will host its annual Black Tie Bingo on Saturday.
“It is rotary’s biggest fundraiser for the year,” said Beth Holsinger, chair of the planning committee. “It is kind of unique out of all the fundraisers in town. It is a pretty fun one and we get pretty good compliments on it.”
The evening includes bingo, poker, drinks, hors d’oeuvres and plenty of socializing. The theme for this year is “Casino Royale” though it has been modified slightly to Casino Rotarale.
“It is black tie, so it is fun for the ladies,” Holsinger said. “There are only a few events around here where you can wear your full-out evening gowns. Guys can wear tuxedos and some do. We decorate the shrine and make it as fancy as we can.”
Holsinger noted there are $3,000 in prizes up for grabs, as well as the opportunity to win big in the poker and bingo games.
“Payoff for the final game is $1,000,” said Jim Weber, executive secretary for the club. “There is lots of opportunity to make money. Then they have a lot of other games going in between the bingo games.”
This is the eighth year for the event and it has grown to be the largest fundraiser for the community organization. Last year’s event netted $48,000.
Each year, the money raised is split between different entities. This year, proceeds from the event will go to K-Life Ministries, Sheridan Public Arts Committee, Sheridan Rotary Foundation and the Sheridan Rotaract Club.
Holsinger said the Sheridan Rotary Club has approximately 140 members and is active in supporting various community causes.
“They are mostly members of the business community, but it is pretty diverse,” she said, about the members. “There are a lot of retired people too. We meet weekly, all year round and every week we have a different program that tells us what is happening in Sheridan.”
In addition to the four designated organizations that will receive money from this year’s fundraiser, Holsinger explained that the Rotary Club also gives money throughout the year to local nonprofits through their annual budget.
Holsinger said approximately 200 tickets were made available for the event this year and the majority of them have been sold. She recommended contacting Jim Weber at 674-6211 to purchase advance tickets, rather than waiting to get them at the door the night of the event. Tickets are $75.
The event will be held at the Kalif Shrine auditorium at 145 W. Loucks St. and cocktails and dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. Bingo begins at 7 p.m.