Carla's Bingo for BCCS is a go

Lana Summers and Linda Turley, two of the three creators of Carla’s Bingo stand before Carla Hopper Darrough’s long-time work station at the salon where she spent most of her career. They discuss flyer designs while Darrough oversees preparations via a remembrance plaque kept in the shop.

Plans are underway for the third annual Bingo Fundraiser in memory of Carla Hopper Darrough, benefitting the Boone County Cancer Society. The big bash will once again be held at the Lebanon Eagles. Tickets are on sale now for the April 18 event. Last year about 300 people attended the sold-out party. Joy Caylor of the Boone County Cancer Society (BCCS) says the Bingo event is a wonderful addition to funds needed to serve local cancer patients. Since they are separate from all other charitable entities (United Way, Komen, American Cancer Society, etc.) the BCCS relies on the generosity of people in the community it serves. The Bingo event was organized after Darrough lost her battle with metastatic breast cancer in 2018 by her co-workers at Designer Cuts in Lebanon. Lana Summers, Linda Turley and Dede Anderson were moved to support the BCCS of which Carla had spoken so highly, for their tireless efforts in helping others. The four women were close friends, making the loss of Darrough especially tough.“That first year, we didn’t know what to expect,” Summers said. “We just had an idea and hoped it would work. As it turned out, the event was so successful, people were turned away. Last year, they moved to the Eagles (where both the space and the bingo cards are donated by the organization) and they sold out again, with a standing-room-only crowd.” Doors open at 5 p.m. and the festivities begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are available for presale at Designer Cuts salon. The $25 reservation gets you in the game all evening. The stakes are high as 20 rounds of bingo are played with each prize valued at around $100. Additionally, door prizes, a 50/50 cash raffle, and some high-value item raffle tickets are sold. Among this year’s big raffle prizes are 65” and a 75” flatscreen televisions and an Indiana Pacers game jersey autographed by Victor Olidipo. Carla’s Bingo has raised about $20k in its first two years. Summers said they are always looking for cash donations, prizes, and items for the raffle. She points out that all proceeds from the evening are handed directly to the BCCS. Equally important, the BCCS uses every dime it receives to assist residents of Boone County, regardless of income level. Last year the agency provided financial assistance and therapeutic programming for 80 people with around $70k in funds disbursed.

Visit the website at www.BooneCountyCancerSociety.org for more information on BCCS programs or to make a donation to the Bingo event. Event tickets may be purchased and donated items may be dropped off at Designer Cuts, 1655 N. Lebanon St., Lebanon, near Parkside Pharmacy.

By Kassie Ritman writes for The Lebanon Reporter

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