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Ham Bingo is Friday at CVIC Hall

Staff reports

How would you like to be in on the start of a tradition? How would you like to win a ham, a stuffed animal or an Easter basket? All you would have to do is be at CVIC hall in downtown Minden on Friday, April 14, and have a winning Bingo card.

The Gardnerville/Carson Valley Kiwanis club’s annual Ham Bingo night will get under way at 7 p.m.

Making the event a tradition is Jack Fleming’s idea. Fleming is in charge of Bingo night this year. Last year, Larry Darling, who supervised the event, encouraged Bingo players to attend by using the catch phrase, “Don’t chase a hog when you can win a free ham.” He them decided to title the event, “Don’t Chase a Hog.”

Fleming thinks this was a good thing. He’s calling the first 2000 event “Don’t Chase a Hog,” as well.

“Maybe we can start a tradition,” he said.

There will be other innovations this year. The newly organized Douglas High school Key Club members will be on hand to help. They will pass out the free cookies, popcorn and goodies as well as assist in other ways. The Key Club is a Kiwanis-sponsored organization for teens. Its purpose is to develop camaraderie and help in community-betterment projects.

Getting down to the nitty-gritty, Fleming said at least 50 hams would be awarded.

“There will be 53 hams on the stage,” he said, “if we count Byron Waite, Nick Barainca and myself. We’ll be running things and calling the Bingo numbers. We’re going to do our best to keep the evening lively and fun for everyone.”

They are planning to fill the stage with balloons, and when a person shouts, “Bingo,” a balloon will be part of his or her award. They hope that before the evening is over, the entire room will be festooned with the balloons.

Profits from the event will be used by the club to provide financial help to the more than 25 community-benefit organizations Kiwanis supports in Douglas county each year. Club members expect no remuneration except the satisfaction of helping Carson Valley and its residents.

For more information, call Jack Fleming, 885-1589, or Byron Waite, 782-5838.