While Celi Van Dyke, Executive Director of the Just for Kids Foundation, is pleased to announce that her group's recent clearance for a non-competitive grant was granted, there is a hitch - the grant is reimbursable and the organization must first spend its own cash before those funds are returned to their pockets. That is the reason why she decided to hold the Longaberger Basket Bingo Event which took place on Monday, December 11, 2006, around 6:30 p.m. at the Bradley-Prosperity Volunteer Fire Department so that they could raise funds for the group's child sexual-abuse advocacy and prevention efforts.
The tickets cost $10 each for the 13 regular bingo games. The winners received the famous Longaberger Baskets. A 14th Basket was raffled off to a lucky player. According to Van Dyke, the Longaberger Baskets are collectibles and do not depreciate in value, but rather quite the opposite. Some of the Longaberger Baskets that featured that night were the Pedestal Basket, Laundry Basket, 2006 Holiday Hostess Set and Oval Bowl Basket.
The Longaberger Basket Bingo Event raised about $2,000 last year. This year, they are hoping to raise around $3,000 so that they will be able to set aside some of it for operational expenses in their child advocacy centers in Fayette and Raleigh. The sponsors who have helped Van Dyke offset some of the costs for the event are the Bradley-Prosperity Fire Department, Dan Snead, Co-Mac, Park Middle School teachers, Fayette and Raleigh County Child Protective Services, Beckley Junior Woman's Club, Oak Hill Business and Professional Women, Riviera Stone, Heavenly Ham, Barney's Tax Service, Connie Lewis CPA, Dr. Kelly Pitsenbarger, Eckley Orthodontics, Jan-Care Ambulance and Jarrell Family Dentistry.
The Longaberger Bingo Event culminates a year of growth and success for the organization. They were able to hire to new members and served more children than they had last year. Van Dyke said that she does not plan to let up in their activities because so many kids need their help.
Tuesday, February 27, 2007