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May 6, 2011 > Bingo night raises funds for Japan

Bingo night raises funds for Japan

By Jayne Kuchac and Miriam G. Mazliach
Photos By Emily Hsu

To assist victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, Weibel Elementary School in Fremont recently held a "Bingo Night." Their efforts raised just under $1,000. Money is still being collected by the school, so the community is welcome to stop by the school office and donate to this worthwhile cause.

All monies collected are being sent through the charity Operation USA (OpUSA), to reach the people in Japan who need it the most. This organization is well-regarded and has been involved with disaster relief efforts since 1979. Checks should be made out to OpUSA or visit www.opusa.org for more information.

During Weibel's fundraising evening, participants paid $5 for a booklet that contained 10 games with the option of a family pack for $25 which included four game packs of 10 games each, four raffle tickets and four food tickets.

For each of the 10 bingo games a variety of patterns could be used for the win: horizontal, vertical, four corners, and kite style, with the final game reserved for the crowd favorite -- blackout. In that bingo game, all the numbers on a player's board had to be covered. When someone finally won, the moans and groans of the crowd were the best!

The bingo caller made it a lot of fun for the players, using a rhyme for each number. For example, "chicken legs" represented number 11; everyone had to do the chicken dance when that number was called. Number 8 was the "golden gate" and all had to join in a chorus of the song, "San Francisco, open your golden gate." Everyone was encouraged to get involved and enjoy a good laugh; although, the bingo caller was sometimes teased, it was all in good fun!

Many thanks go to the participants and especially the Weibel families for donating all the prizes and food for the fundraising event.

This was the second "Bingo Night" held by the school. Last year's event raised funds for the TECH group, to buy iPads for Weibel students use in classrooms.

To donate to Weibel Elementary School's current relief efforts for Japan, contact the school at (510) 651-6958 or visit www.opusa.org.

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