Designer Bag Bingo, a major interfaith fun and fundraiser

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The Designer Bag Bingo night to raise money for interfaith health and support services is planned because “it’s an amazing sight to see 300 bingo players, all the raffle baskets – over 40 – about 50 volunteers and all the excitement of the evening unfolding,” as one organizer described it.

Interfaith Health and Support Services is delighted to announce that their IHSS Designer Bag Bingo will take place on Friday, September 23 at St. Mary’s Parish Center, Bishop Way, near McKinley Avenue in Manahawkin. Tickets are sold in advance; see details below.

Previous Designer Bag Bingo nights are sold out. No wonder; consider these names among the stunning handbag brands that will be coming home with lucky customers: Kate Spade, Cole Haan, Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs, Calvin Klein, Coach, TUMI.

Additionally, desirable gift baskets will be raffled off overnight and a 50/50 draw will take place. Dozens of volunteers, led by President Susan Tolomeo and Co-Presidents Lynn Rennar and Linda Beveridge, purchased the bags and created the gift baskets.

Tickets are $40 for 12 games. Tickets must be paid for by cash or check by calling 609-978-3839. Tickets must be picked up in advance at 56 Nautilus Drive in Manahawkin. An additional Super Bingo with a cash prize of $500 can be purchased separately on the night of the event.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and games begin at 7 p.m. Coffee, tea and desserts are included in the ticket price. Participants may bring their own food, but no alcohol.

All proceeds benefit Interfaith Health and Support Services, which continues to serve the senior community (as they have done even during the pandemic) with food shopping, transportation to doctor’s appointments, comfort calls, friendly visits and respite care to caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease. Free medical equipment is also available. The Ride for Health program provides transportation to local community meal programs as well as social events at the library. IHSS is based in Stafford Township with a second office in Little Egg Harbor.

For more information on services or volunteer opportunities, visit the website interfaithsoc.org or call 609-978-3839.

“Interfaith operates through the kindness of our many volunteers, and as Southern Ocean County’s population continues to age and the need for our services continues to grow, we need more volunteers. Training is ongoing and no minimum time commitment is required,” the organization said. IHSS will continue to follow all CDC and state regulations regarding COVID-19.

Designer Bag Bingo has tremendous sponsorship support. The sponsors are the Van Dyk Group and the Causeway family of dealers.

“Van Dyk continues to support and sponsor events for Interfaith because we believe that caring for all members of our community is important to everyone’s success,” Van Dyk Group said. “The work that Interfaith does for our senior community really makes Southern Ocean County a special place to live.”

“Serving the local community has always been at the heart of the Causeway family,” noted this patron. “Through the Wintrode Family Foundation, he is helping to encourage long-term sustainability and spreading awareness of the interfaith while continuing to encourage volunteerism and social responsibility.”

Game sponsorships are still available at $250 each with recognition given in the printed program and at the event. Game sponsors who signed up early include Manahawkin Elks, A&R Pool Service, Karin Kleban-Allen, The Residence at Stafford, OceanFirst, Seddon Construction and Seacrest Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center. Sponsorship of Super Bingo is shared by Frederic J Schragger, Esq. and the LBI Table restaurant. -MRS

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