A full house of hopeful bingo players turned out at the first anniversary of the twice-monthly Lions Club bingo nights on Oct. 21.
The big attendance put a real community endorsement to the club's newest fundraising activity.
Almost 70 people enjoyed the evening that was spiced up with birthday cake and a Halloween raffle that included frozen turkey giveaways, goodie bags and other prizes.
The Lions twice-per-month Wednesday night events have taken the club's community service involvement to a new level -- these bingo nights have become community social events where people go for a fun "night out on the town."
There are no strangers in the Civic Center dining hall once the caller begins announcing numbers and the easy-paced excitement begins. Smiles turn into new acquaintances made and community-building friendship encounters become the real evening's attraction.
And, there is always that bit of added thrill when victory is in sight - just one call away as players wait with hearts beating a bit quicker for that rotating cage of little bingo-numbered balls to finally cough up the last number they need for a "bingo."
The Surface Creek Valley Lions Club is an organization that has strong member support participation. At least ten members were there last week to help stage the event.
In addition to the fun and games, club members offer homemade dinner and snack offerings that are available through the evening. And club members treat their guests right as satin-gold vested Lions kept busy making their ways throughout the hall all evening long ensuring that players have the cards and other materials they need to play and enjoy themselves.
And for the lucky winners there are cash prizes paid out from the variety of different games played each night.
Proceeds from the Surface Creek Valley Lions Club's bingo events help club members continue funding its many local community activities, and also charitable causes sponsored by the Lions International organization as well.
Lions clubs everywhere have as their signature cause the support of vision health and eye care. The Surface Creek Valley Lions club is not different in that regard, and it places a strong emphasis on vision care causes and projects, both locally and internationally.
The DCI was provided with a list of more than a dozen causes and activities the local Lions contribute to, help stage, or organize completely on their own with volunteer participation of club members. Some of those projects noted were the following ones: Boy Scouts; eye glasses purchased for local individuals (three pair in 2015); Health Fair staffing, both at the February early blood draws and the March main event; the annual Little Britches Rodeo Parade; the spring kids' Easter egg hunt; early childhood vision screenings; scholarships for Cedaredge High School graduates,; cookout events in Town Park at Little Britches and also at AppleFest; the club also donated to improvements at the Lion's Pavilion in Town Park this year,
The club also collects eyeglasses for recycling (most going to Mexico from Colorado),; helps support the handicap kids camp at Woodland Park; contribute to leader dog training for both the hearing and sight impaired' and, they support the Rocky Mountain Eye Bank and Foundation, and the Rocky Mountain Eye Institute.