Bingo Game Becomes Bingo Brawl
The Huffington Post has reported that a Bingo game at a New Hampshire senior center broke out into a fight after two women started arguing over Avon products. Officers in Portsmouth responded to a call reporting “some pushing and shoving” over the sale of beauty products. It seems that one of the women, a regular Bingo player, was upset that the other woman in the altercation had set up a table to sell Avon products, according to the Portsmouth Police. “The altercation appears to have been started over the fact that one resident was upsetting another by (selling Avon and disrupting) the scheduled Bingo event that occurs,” he said. The officers broke up the Bingo brawl, only to get a call two hours later when one of the women said she’d like to press charges. At press time, officers are still investigating whether an assault occurred and whether charges would be brought.
The Burton Mail of Burton-on-Trent, England, has reported that a group of sweet-toothed Bingo women are celebrating after being awarded £300 ($450 US) from a hot chocolate company. Burton’s Queen Street Community Centre was given the donation from the Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund—which helps small, local community groups and charities across the UK by donating cash awards. The Bingo Ladies, who are made up of retirees, meet once a week to play Bingo, have a cup of tea and a chat. For some members it is the only social interaction for them during the week, and so provides a vital opportunity to catch up with friends, make new ones and to reduce social isolation.
Bingo for Books
Approximately 160 parents and students attended a “Bingo for Books” event at Worthen Elementary School in St. Louis, Missouri, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has reported. Participants played Bingo games and books were awarded to children that got Bingo. All children participating also received a book. Other prizes included board games donated by Worthen staff members, and area businesses donated items for attendance prizes for the adults.
Oscar Night Bingo
The New Jersey Star-Ledger went all out this year for Oscar Night, creating a special Oscar Night Bingo card that readers could print out and fill in as they watched the program. (The card could be refreshed after each printing, which scrambled the squares and made a new card.) Players could also play Oscar Night Bingo on their smartphones and tablets. Squares included such phrases as “Stumbles Up on Stage,” “Unwelcome Kiss,” “Winner Not There,” and “Oscar Kissed” to name but a few. For added fun, a reporter tweeted clues during the event and encouraged players to let her know via Twitter when they’d Bingoed so that she could retweet the win and help them brag to their friends. TV.com, Zagat.com, InStyle and Southern California Public Radio are some of the other organizations that created Oscar Night Bingo cards for their audiences.
By Jeffrey Charboneau
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