The annual fundraiser held by Helpmate, Big Bucks Bingo, took place on Sunday, October 15 at the fairgrounds. Doors opened at 12noon for participants to have a chance to purchase lunch and any extra games before Bingo officially started at 1:00PM. This year’s theme was ‘fall’ with reds, golds, and browns adorning each table and the color of the door prize bags. Roughly, this year’s Big Buck’s Bingo had 200 participants. In addition to the pack of 20 Bingo games, a ‘Split the Pot’ raffle was held, door prizes were given out, lunch and baked goods were sold, a silent auction was held, and a Willy Wonka Chocolate Bar game was played. The Willy Wonka Chocolate Bar game included the sale of a set number of chocolate bars for $5.00 each where-in two bars had a special sticker. The winners with the special sticker received a special prize; this year a men’s watch donated by Bloomers and a women’s watch donated by Hometown Country. All of the funds raised from the Bingo and extras will go towards Helpmate Clients. Helpmate is a locally run organization that assists clients of domestic and sexual assault among other causes. Per Josette Fitzwater of Helpmate, she and Sabrina Kruse are preparing to conduct an online training for those wishing to become advocates for Helpmate. The Helpmate Board also welcomed two new board members including Marci Bruegger and Ann Wasserburger.
The day, which takes a decent amount of the year to plan from theme to gathering door prizes and other donations, along with selling tickets, offered Fitzwater, “my favorite part is seeing the people that I don’t get to see as often”. For Kruse, her favorite part included the Willy Wonka game.