Event fundraising

Bingo drive-in event to benefit the Active Adult Center

The Central Region Active Adult Center, located inside the Nittany Mall. Photo of Geoff Rushton | StateCollege.com

A drive-through bingo fundraising event will benefit the Center for Active Adults of Central Region to help support its operations as it continues to rebuild following pandemic-related closures.

“Beep Beep Bingo” will take place Friday, July 29 at the John Hess Softball Complex on Route 45 near Shingletown, according to a press release. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with early bird bingo at 6 p.m. and regular bingo at 7 p.m. The rainy date is Sunday, July 31.

Registration is $15 per vehicle, regardless of the number of people, and includes a 10-card bingo booklet with 6 games per card. Additional bingo books will be available for purchase, along with early bird game books at $5 per book.

Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Participants will play from inside their vehicle, listening to the numbers on the radio, or they can set up lawn chairs outside their vehicle and listen through the audio system. Racers will hurry when they hear the “beep beep” of a car horn or the call of “Bingo”.

Early bird games include cash and prizes and regular bingo games are all cash prizes.

Raffle and 50/50 tickets will also be sold, with raffle prizes awarded during intermission and the 50/50 draw after the final bingo game. Stuckey Automotive is the main event sponsor and additional prizes were donated by Christine’s Hallmark, Confer’s Jewelers, Rural King, Lowe’s, Axemann Brewing, University Wine Company, Wegman’s Ville Billy’s, Good Scent’s Candle Co., The Pet Pub, Robin Hood Brewing Co. and Weaver’s Store.

Center Region Parks and Recreation’s Rec On The Go truck will be on hand with yard games available throughout the evening.

Pre-registration online is requested but not required and registration fees can be paid at the door. Organizers recommend arriving early to allow plenty of time for entry and purchase of bingo cards and water or soda available for purchase.

Operated by Center Region Parks and Rec under the supervision of the Center County Office of Aging, the Active Adult Center offers programs and activities for seniors age 55 and older. It offers daily meal services, health and fitness activities, line dancing club, hiking club, walk-in card and board games and membership, resource materials and seminars and educational outings, among other programs.

The center faced a difficult time when it was closed for an extended period due to the COVID-19 pandemic and then operated at limited hours.

Proceeds from Beep Beep Bingo will be used to cover the cost of meals, supplies and equipment for programs and activities, and funds for center improvements.

For hours of operation, programs and resources, visit https://www.crpr.org/centre-region-active-adult-center.