NEWINGTON – A town-wide bingo event is in the works for this March.
The Newington Chamber of Commerce is hosting Family Bingo Night on Friday, March 12. This will be a virtual event on Zoom, so people can play from the comfort and safety of their own homes with no fear of catching or spreading covid-19.
Chamber President Deanna Reney is hoping out-of-towners join in the fun as well, since the evening serves as a fundraiser for the local business community and lots of prizes will be up for grabs.
“All are welcome,” Reney told the Herald. “We would love to have as many people as possible.”
The “doors” to the live event open at 6:30 p.m., and a total of eight games will be played from 7 to 9 p.m.
The chamber is partnering with non-profit Get Your Bingo On! For the Cause, a pandemic-era startup that allows organizations to raise money for their causes while bringing people together for virtual bingo games.
“They will be calling all the numbers, playing all the music and getting everyone excited during the event,” said Reney, who is looking forward to the fact she and fellow chamber officers will be able to join in the fun as well.
The minimum purchase required to participate is an eight-game pack for $25 and people can purchase as many packs as they wish. The Ultimate Family Bundle is $100 and includes five eight-game packs, ideal for a family with children. Each game will feature a winning prize pack valued between $100-200, featuring gift certificates to Newington restaurants and businesses.
Get your name into the B&M Tree Service Wheel of Luck for $5 for each name. There will be one spin at the end of the night for a grand prize valued at $300-plus. This includes a family four pack of tickets to the New Britain Bees and a variety of gift cards.
Prizes include a free month of karate donated by CT Kenpo, massages from area spas, wine and more.
“We have a little bit of everything,” Reney said.
The chamber has suffered financially due to the cancellation of its yearly fundraisers including the Annual Dinner held in June and the Silent Auction in the fall.
“This will serve as a fundraiser and just something for us to do this winter,” Reney said.
She is thankful to the community businesses sponsoring each game, including Newington Geico, B&M Tree Service, American Eagle Federal Credit Union, Edward Jones, WhipLash, Neptune Cremation, Middlewoods of Newington and Advance Plumbing and Heating.
Purchase tickets at NewingtonChamber.com/Bingo or call 860-666-2089 for more information.
The chamber is also planning a drive-in comedy night for this summer and a drive-in movie night this May.
Erica Drzewiecki can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.