PALS (Portsmouth Area Ladies, Inc.) urges area women to be aware of the Ides of March or Sunday, March 15.
The spring date is set for the annual Purse Bingo Party to be held at the Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Friends Center, 1202 18th Street in Portsmouth. The “luck of the Irish” will again prevail with a St. Patrick’s Day theme and a “pot of gold” highlighting a rainbow of great prizes to be offered during the afternoon.
Highlighted by a colorful array of designer handbags to be won, the fundraiser will begin at 2 p.m. and feature 15 games of bingo with a designer purse to be awarded every game.
Doors will open at 1 p.m. Gina Collinsworth will serve as master of ceremonies for the event. Guests must be 18 years old to participate in the bingo games.
Big attractions for the afternoon of fun and entertainment will be purses by famous fashion designers such as Coach, Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Brahmin, Dooney and Bourke, Gianibernini and more. Doors prizes will give guests opportunities to win other kinds of purses and bags, as well as attractive items donated by numerous vendors. Prizes will also include a Chinese Auction of “gently-used purses” and the raffle of a “cash money tree” valued at $500. Raffle tickets, available from PALS members are priced at $5 for one ticket and 5 tickets for $20. Split the Pot chances also will be sold.
Refreshments will include a new attraction this year, chicken salad sandwiches, in addition to hot dogs with sauce or other condiments, potato chips, popcorn, candy, soft drinks and water.
Pre-sale tickets may be purchased at the Portsmouth Welcome Center and Morgan Brothers Jewelers or from PALS members for $20 or they will cost $25 at the door. The ticket price will include a bingo sheet with 3 games on it for all 15 games, and additional sets of 3 cards will be sold for $10 each. Ticket sales will be limited to 400 for the event. More details may be obtained by calling (740) 821-1191 or by contacting ticket chairwomen Linda Woods Jones at (740) 935-1062.
All proceeds from the PALS Purse Bingo Party will go to help nonprofit community causes and needs.
A volunteer group of women who work to support charitable needs and organizations that will improve the quality of life in the local area, PALS has given more than $128,000 to community causes since the group was founded in 2007.
Through a grant application process, the group uses funds raised each year to support nonprofit organizations with a wide variety of concerns including Scioto County food pantries, Counseling Center drug and rehabilitation programs, Southern Ohio Medical Center projects, the Ohio Valley American Red Cross, Scioto County Children’s Services, cystic fibrosis, autism and Area Agency on Aging, to other nonprofits like the Portsmouth Area Arts Council, the Portsmouth Public Library, the Southern Ohio Museum’s Cirque d’Art Theatre, SOMC’s Hospice campaign, Friends of Greenlawn Cemetery and many more.
In 2016 PALS also collaborated with the Portsmouth Bicentennial Committee on the painting of a new Portsmouth Welcome sign on the floodwall.
The women’s group also contributed $10,000 to the Scioto Foundation’s UCAN 2012 endowment campaign aimed at creating a college-going community and established an endowment with the Foundation that provides a scholarship for a worthy young woman to assist with her college costs each year. PALS uses a portion of their fundraising proceeds to build the scholarship fund so that it will be able to continue to help area youth in the future.
Additional information about the fundraiser can be found at www.facebook.com/PortsmouthAreaLadies under PALSPURSEBINGO and on the PALS website at www.portsmouthpals.org.
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