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Bingo is back as a fundraiser

N39! G54! Emily Lawless shouted the bingo numbers and Pam Perrin played Vanna White on the blue-board.

Supporters packed a space in Strikes@Boca bowling alley to play the game of chance familiar to church goers.

But “Bingo for a Cause” was a fundraiser for the American Association of Caregiving Youth [AACY]. Last year the Boca-based nonprofit had a talent contest to raise money.

In fact, this wasn’t the only bingo fundraiser during Boca Chamber Festival Days, charity events during August.

ChildNet’s second annual Beer & Bingo Bash is 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Aug. 18 at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Boca. Tickets are $60 at the door. Admission includes two drinks, a mini-buffet and six bingo cards.

At “Bingo for a Cause,” were [from left] Debralyn Belletieri, Gerry Fallon and Emily Lawless.

AACY charged $25 for five bingo cards, a drink and appetizers.

For their Oct. 4 annual Hearts & Soles fundraiser at Boca Country Club, they’re doing a casino night and a 50/50 poker tournament.

The Boca-based charity goes into schools to support students caring for chronically ill, injured or disabled relatives. AACY also has events and a camp for the kids to help them know they’re not alone and can “achieve success in school and life.”

Longtime supporters and board members like Joe Pores, Althea Ceasor, Helen Babione and Hospice by the Sea’s Jennifer Thomason were there on bingo night.

Board treasurer Debralyn Belletieri, whose husband Ronnie owns Strikes, kept the food and fun going.

Board member Rosie Iguanzo-Martin sold raffles. She also represented her Allegiance Home Health and Rehab, sponsoring all 22 Boca Festival Days events.

But tables were full with new supporters. Karen Harwood, a director for the Palm Beach County Medical Society, was there with pals.

By Marci Shatzman

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