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Knights bingo benefits players and community

Staff Reports

The Knights of Columbus bingo isn’t just number calling and prize winning, it benefits several programs throughout the Valley.

On March 11, the Knights of Columbus Bingo Night is designated to the The Douglas County Backpack Buddies Program, a community-based volunteer organization operated under the umbrella of the Minden Rotary Club Foundation, a charitable nonprofit organization. The program is designed to provide non-perishable weekend food to in-need children (PreK-12) to help them achieve better academic success.

Backpacks with seven meals are distributed to participating students each Friday so that they have adequate and nourishing food over the weekend – preparing them to learn on Monday.

Better test scores, improved reading and math skills, decrease in behavior problems, and increased attendance have been attributed to the participation in the Backpack Buddies Programs.

The program is dependent on monetary donations and food donations from the community.

There are 275 students that the schools have identified as not having enough food available to them to do their best in school.

The Knights of Columbus hosts Bingo Nights on the second and fourth Fridays of each month at the Saint Gall Pastoral Center located at 1343 Centerville Lane, Gardnerville.

These events, open to everyone over the age of 21, provide funds to support various community projects and other public needs.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and play starts at 7 p.m.

Food and drinks are available and jackpots range from $50 to $1,199.

For more information call Mike Mullins at 782-7290.