Story by Sherri McGee
MARTINSVILLE, Ind., - American Legion Post 230 hosted a purse bingo March 18 to raise funds for Ava Bowen. Ava’s support group “All About Ava” approached the Legion and asked if they would host a purse bingo.
Ava is a cancer patient and has been battling Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma since October 2015. Ava’s mother, Sammi hasn’t been able to return to work since the diagnosis because of the care Ava requires. They make numerous visits to the hospital and have other related expenses so the family has been in need.
Ava made an appearance at the beginning of the purse bingo. She pulled tickets for the first door prize winners! With 250 people in the room she had to wear a mask to protect her from any germs. Ava only removed her mask long enough to get a picture of her with her new BIG Teddy Bear donated to her from the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 230!
The family and friends support group, “All About Ava”, provided all the purses for the event and sold food throughout the evening. In addition, other items were donated to raise funds. Ace Hardware donated an ice chest with stand and one of the Legion’s Auxiliary members donated a handmade quilt.
Guests played 20 rounds of bingo. Each winner picked a purse in lieu of the customary cash prize. Four of the more expensive purses were raffled and awarded at the end of the evening.
During the event, numerous door prizes were drawn and 3 “50/50” games were played! The 50/50’s were all over $160.00! There were numerous donations given during the evening. One of those donations was given by a woman who lost her husband last week and done in his honor.
All the organizations at the American Legion, the Legionnaires, Ladies Auxiliary and the Sons of the Legion volunteered to work the purse bingo along with the volunteers from “All About Ava”. In little more than 4 hours, the 30 volunteers raised over $10,000!
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