Pulaski Tech's Campus Center took on a fun, festive atmosphere Friday night as nearly 200 Bingo players turned out for the Pulaski Technical College Foundation's first Bingo Night fundraiser.
Game fans from the community as well as from the college's faculty and staff purchased $25 tickets to the event to raise money for the Pulaski Technical College Foundation, which supports numerous projects on campus.
Pamela Smith, a weekend anchor for Channel 7, emceed the event through 14 Bingo rounds. Winners took home more than $5,000 in prizes donated by area businesses, including gift certificates to area restaurants, products and services from local merchants, and memberships and passes to community events.
Between Bingo rounds, guests could register for several door prizes, including a year's worth of Skippy peanut butter and meal certificates to Popeye's, Wendy's and Cici's Pizza. Mainstream Technologies also donated an Information Technology review valued at $1,000.
"This event was really a success because of the support we had from the business community," said Joyce Taylor, executive director of the Pulaski Technical College Foundation. "The crowd had a great time playing Bingo, and they were treated to some fabulous prizes by the end of the night."
Guests were treated to hors d'oeuvres of crudités, fruits, chocolate-dipped strawberries and antipasto platters, prepared by students in Pulaski Technical College Arkansas Culinary School. Bluebell also supplied ice cream.
The event was the foundation's first Bingo fundraiser since Arkansas voters approved a constitutional amendment legalizing charitable bingo and raffle games in Arkansas.
The amendment, approved last November, took effect July 31. The amendment restricts the games to authorized organizations such as nonprofit religious, educational, veterans and civic groups that have existed a minimum of five years with net receipts going for "charitable, religious or philanthropic purposes."