2009-03-05 / Local & State

Basket Bingo Proceeds To Benefit Summer Camps

Annual Parks and Rec bingo set for Mar. 22

With proceeds earmarked for summer camps for area children as well as additional recreational opportunities ranging from hikes to bike rides, the Fulton County Parks and Recreation Commission is urging local residents to support its upcoming Longaberger basket/Boyds Bear bingo scheduled for Sunday, March 22.

Scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at the McConnellsburg Firehall, the annual fundraising event will include a total of 20 games, four specials, King Tut baskets, raffles and door prizes for those on hand. Winners of regular and special games receive a basket and up to three bears. Individuals purchasing advanced tickets are eligible to receive a free pack of specials.

Ticket prices are $25 each, and tickets will also be available at the door. Doors open promptly at 12:30 p.m. Sponsorship is by Bi-Valley Girls Softball, and a food stand operated by the Mc- Connellsburg Alumni and Friends Association will be open throughout the event.

The money raised, according to Parks and Rec program director Chanin Mountz, will be utilized to offset the cost of several summer camps. Based on the popularity of camps conducted in 2008, the schedule of events for 2009 currently includes two one-day adventure camps. To be held at the Fulton County Pistol and Rifle Club and Cowans Gap State Park, the camps will be open to children enrolled in fourth through eighth grades and offer a range of activities such as .22 target shooting, paddle boats, archery and fishing.

In addition, the Forbes Road School District will host a fiveday art camp with curriculum emphasis on weaving and sculpture. Students in third through 12th grades will be eligible to participate in the activity, which will include a follow-up art exhibit open to the general public.

To wrap up the ongoing classes, Needmore area artist Nancy Hogan will be hosting a six-week, once-weekly, introduction to art course for children ages 5 to 7. The class will focus on the use of pencil, charcoal, pastels, markers and could expand into the areas of wool, clay and paper.

Anyone wishing to obtain advanced bingo tickets to help support the Parks and Recreation Commission and its ongoing commitment to recreational programming should call Chanin Mountz at 717-552-0071 or Longaberger consultant Leslie Johns at 717-552-9858. Monetary donations are also still being accepted by businesses or individual residents wanting to make a contribution toward the event.

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