Those who think bingo is only for their grandparents certainly haven’t experienced a night of Cosmic Bingo at the Farmington VFW.
Played under black lights while a DJ spins the latest tunes, guests and members of the Farmington VFW Post 5896 and Leadington Post 5741 will get to experience bingo like they never had on Saturday night.
“This is definitely not your grandma’s bingo,” said Larry Lazoen, the quarter master for the Farmington Post. “We have black lights, games and a DJ. It’s really more of a party atmosphere than a night of bingo.”
While there will be more than a $1,000 in cash prizes for those playing bingo, additional prizes will be awarded throughout the evening; such as, glow in the dark hats.
“I was at the other two Cosmic Bingos,” Lazoen said. “They were both a really good time. People really seem to enjoy it.”
In addition to bingo, Saturday night will include karaoke and a dance party after bingo is over.
According to Lazoen, the event has grown in popularity since it began.
“The first time we had Cosmic Bingo we only had about 20 people,” Lazoen said. “I think people didn’t really understand what we were doing. But last year, we had more than 100 people and this year we are expecting a full house.”
Although the evening is designed for a fun evening with friends and family, it’s also a fund raiser for the local posts. The money raised from the evening’s event is earmarked for the relief fund which benefits local veterans in their time of need.
“All the money we raise – 100 percent of the proceeds – goes into the relief fund,” Lazoen said. “There is no overhead. We don’t keep any of it.”
The relief fund is intended to help area veterans who may have fallen on hard times. According to Lazoen, if a vet is in need – for example, in need of assistance with a utility bill – the post is there for him. Lazoen said their sole purpose is to help their brothers.
For those interested in attending the event, tickets are $25 per person if purchased in advanced and $30 if purchased on the day of the event. Additionally, each ticket holder will receive a bingo card, dauber, and glow item.
The event is at the Farmington VFW post at 814 E. Karsch Blvd. Doors will open at 6 p.m.
For more information or to reserve a spot, contact VFW Post 5896 at 573-756-8852.
Craig Vaughn is a reporter with the Farmington Press and can be reached at 573-756-8927 or at firstname.lastname@example.org