JONESVILLE — After a filling spaghetti dinner that benefited the Yadkin Valley Museum, Inc. doing business as the Jonesville Historical Society, fundraising festivities continued at the Yadkin Valley Senior Center Saturday night with Bingo and door prizes rounding off the first Spring Fling.
In addition to the planned entertainment, two officers representing the Jonesville Police Department made an appearance due to someone filing a complaint that there was illegal gambling. “No [individual] is making any money off of this,” declared Historical Society President Becky Wood. “What we make tonight is going to our next project.”
Donated funds and monies earned through events such as the Spring Fling go to pay for other activities like the Jonesville Jubilee and to pay for special projects, she said. One of the current projects the historical society is working on is purchasing name plaques for the Veterans Memorial at Mineral Springs Park.
“If someone wants to donate money to put all those plaques on the memorial, we wouldn’t have to do this,” stated Historical Society member Allison Leeds.
“We know they had to come check on the complaint. I showed [the police officers] the prizes and that seemed to satisfy them,” explained member Wendy Shore. “We are thankful for our police department and that they do their due diligence.”
According to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety website, Bingo in the state is regulated by the Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE). Non-profit organizations may host Bingo with a license or if playing “beach” bingo with prizes worth $10 or less and not redeemable for cash. A number of local charitable groups host the beach-style bingo nights throughout the year.
Others present Saturday also appreciated the police presence. “It’s not a party until the police shows up,” joked participant and out-of-towner Jamie Belew, who delights in playing Bingo in every state she visits.
Players enjoyed the spring-themed prizes, which included many candles from the Candle Corporation of America located in Elkin. During game eight, both of the youngest players won capturing the two prizes specifically designated for children. Geri Gilliam won both the first and last regular games. “It was fun,” stated Gilliam.
“I enjoyed it,” Cecelia Jones agreed. “I would like to see more [Bingo] in the area.”
“I have had the most fun,” declared Wood, who made it a point to ensure everyone went home with a prize. “We’ve had good fellowship and fun,” which is how Wood often describes gatherings of the society especially when recruiting members or discussing such future events like the Easter leavings promised by the Easter Bunny on April 22 at Lila Swaim Park.
To find out more about becoming a member of the Jonesville Historical Society, visiting the Yadkin Valley Museum or any future events such as more Bingo call Wood at 336-244-5064.
Beanie Taylor can be reached at 336-258-4058 or on Twitter @TBeanieTaylor.