The Elkin Academic Enrichment Foundation (EAEF) will host its first ever Bingo fundraising event Friday, which is a bye week for Elkin High School football.
“We did not want to compete, but wanted to complement the football schedule,” said Lyndsay Ballard, chair of the EAEF board. “Getting the football team involved and having a place and time for the public to meet the football team on the bye week seemed like a perfect fit. The football players will also be the distributors of the Bingo prizes. What a fun night it will be.”
The Elkin Elementary School Beta Club will be selling Speedy Chef hot dogs and the Interact Club will be working the gate.
“We are hoping this will become the premier Bingo event of the year for the Elkin community,” said Jim Westbrook, past school board member and current board member of the EAEF. “The Bingo prizes and the raffle drawing have all been donated so almost all proceed raised will be coming to the EAEF and thus turned around and going into the classroom.”
The EAEF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations are tax deductible and because there is no staff and very little expenses, so almost all of the money raised ends up back in the classroom. The EAEF allow teachers to request funds through a grant process which help to make up for state cuts in the classroom and allow Elkin City Schools to enhance the educational experience.
The Bingo event will be in the Elkin Elementary School gym Friday with gates opening at 5:30 p.m. and games begin at 6:30 p.m. Prizes include a UUNI Pizza grill donated by G&B Energy, a week-long Myrtle Beach trip donated by Brent Kleinheksel and Jennifer K Photography, and a two-night stay at the Marriott Fairfield donated by the Fairfield.