- Mary Romeo
- Lead Wet Ink Writer
Students involved in Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s department of hospitality management’s Intro to Special Events class will help raise donations for the Indiana Regional Medical Center’s fourth annual Love of Life Bingo.
Love of Life Bingo, which will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Clymer Volunteer Fire Company, is a fundraiser that raises money for imaging equipment, which will help detect early signs of breast cancer, according to the IRMC website.
Tickets for the event are $25. Attendees can purchase them at the door, online at Indianarmc.org, or at the IRMC’s Women’s Imaging Center.
Doors to bingo open at 11 a.m., and there is a guaranteed jackpot of $1,000, according the IRMC website.
Sandra Flower (junior, hospitality management) explained her and her classmates’ involvement in the event.
“Students in the class will be helping with marketing, having a bake sale to raise money for the event and volunteering the day of the event,” she said.
“I’ll personally be putting up flyers in all the buildings on campus, as well as around town, making candy apples for the bake sale and also volunteering at the event Sunday.”
Caitlin Dittrich (junior, hospitality management) helped coordinate the bake sale on Friday afternoon with Lauren Kromer (junior, hospitality management), who is also a staff writer for The Penn.
“The event occurs annually, but this is the first time the hospitality department is helping with it,” Dittrich said.
The girls sat at a table in the Stapleton Library from noon to 3 p.m., gathering donations for the event by selling sugar cookies, cake, caramel apples and muffins, and raised a total of $12.
“There isn’t a specific price on anything,” Dittrich said.
“We’re just accepting donations for all the items.”
Laura Jeffrey, chair of the event, explained the other departments that helped with the event.
“This is the second year the [Cook] Honor’s College students have assisted under the leadership of Angelica Cerra,” Jeffrey said.
“She has assisted us in recruiting volunteers, and she has this year taken on a larger role in marketing the event.”
There are two separate parts to the bingo event.
“Area bingos play the pink ribbon game,” Jeffrey said.
“They play this the entire month of October.”
The pink ribbon game is played as a 50/50. Each card costs $1, and 50 cents is donated to IRMC’s M. Dorcas Clark, MD, Women’s Imaging Center.
Next is the Special Bingo, which is being held at the CFVC.
The event raised $13,000 in donations last year and had around 350 attendees, Jeffrey said.
Businesses supporting the bingo event are Marion Center Bank, Indiana Regional Imaging, PC, Clymer Family Practice and Dixonville Loyal Order of Moose.
The prizes include 16 regular games played for a payout of $100 each; four specials for $150 and a jackpot for $1,000.
Sears also donated a TV to give away as a Lucky Loser prize.
“[All] Lucky Loser tickets are placed in a container and a name is then drawn,” Jeffrey said. “It’s kind of a second-chance drawing.”
Jeffrey explained why people should attend the event.
“It’s a fun event and a way to show support to someone who has taken the journey to breast cancer survivorship, or to honor someone who has passed from this disease,” she said.