DOBSON — Surry Central High School student government will host Bingo night at the school on Saturday to benefit the Surry County Special Olympics.
Doors open for the event at 5 p.m. and the game is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. An admission price of $25 allows participants to play 20 Bingo games and a cover-all, and comes with a ticket to win door prizes.
“Of course daubers will also be for sale,” said Tanya Davis, student government faculty adviser, referring to the classic Bingo marker. “That’s the only part we had to buy.”
All other aspects of the event reflect a truly community endeavor.
The students chose the Special Olympics as the focus of their service project because the high school will host the next two spring games.
“We try to do at least three community service projects a year; sometimes we do more,” said Davis. She noted that 17 Surry Central students participated in the polar plunge held Feb. 6 at Homeplace Recreational Park, which also raised money for the Special Olympics.
Part of the students’ effort organizing this event included a field trip to local businesses to gather door-prize donations.
“They just went door to door,” Davis said. “The community has been wonderful, and the students did a great job.”
Prizes include a 40-inch television donated by Walmart for the cover-all game, a $250 gift card for Reeve’s Community Center and several gift cards from local restaurants.
About 50 door prizes valuing about $10 to $25 will be given away throughout the night. Prizes for each of the 20 Bingo games are worth $50 to $100.
“All of our money does stay local,” said Davis, adding that cash donations for the cause will also be accepted at the event. “One hundred percent of what we make stays in Surry County.”
Concessions will be prepared and sold by the Surry Central food class, who arranged to have the ingredients donated, with all proceeds going to the Special Olympics.
On the menu for the evening will be hot dogs and taco soup, which can be purchased separately or as a combo.
The $5 combo comes with either two hot dogs or a bowl of soup, chips or a cornbread muffin, a cookie and a drink.
“It’s open to anyone in the community who wants to come out and support us,” Davis said.
Reach Terri Flagg at 415-4734.