This week, staff writer Laura Rysz talks with Cathy Plishka about the upcoming Abington Heights Civic League’s Mega Prize Bingo, which raises money for various local organizations.
Residence: Clarks Green
Title: Public relations chairwoman
Q: What is the mission of Abington Heights Civic League?
A: The Abington Heights Civic League Inc. is a group of women that has built an outstanding record of accomplishment. This includes promoting education, preserving natural resources, encouraging healthy lifestyles, and advocating for issues concerning women, children and families. Supporting participation in the arts is also encouraged.
Q: What are some of the bingo prizes?
A: For special games, prizes include a getaway weekend, basket of cheer, Coach bag and wristlet, and home cooking utensils. Regular games include restaurant gift cards and various other baskets. All prizes are valued at over $100 per game.
Q: What else will be on hand for entertainment?
A: There will be a 50/50 raffle and food available for purchase such as pizza, wing bites, hoagies and baked goods. The event is BYOB.
Q: How will proceeds be used?
A: Proceeds are given to organizations such as local fire companies for training and equipment; nonprofit organizations; scholarships for dance, arts and education; and in-house scholarships for our members, to name a few. Last year, we presented a total of 31 checks from the club’s fundraising efforts.
Q: Why is community important to this event?
A: It is an opportunity for women to come together and volunteer to benefit the community. Our organization creates a way of giving, even in the small ways that we help out the community.
If you go
What: Mega Prize Bingo
When: Sunday, Feb. 23; doors open, noon; games, 1 p.m.
Where: Clarks Summit Fire Hall, 321 Bedford St.
Details: Tickets cost $25 and available at Eventbrite.com; Eagle Cleaners, Clarks Summit; and from any Abington Heights Civic League member. For more information, call Ronda Schiavone at 570-650-4577.
Laura Rysz is the features copy editor and calendar editor at The Times-Tribune and runs the Talk of the Times column, which focuses on local fundraisers and other events. She also writes Chef’s Table that profiles restaurants around the region. Additionally, Laura curates events online on AccessNEPA.com. Laura is involved in the special Mother’s Day edition and curates occasional features Marry Memories and Times Travelers. She is a graduate of Haddonfield Memorial High School, New Jersey, and earned an English professional writing degree with a minor in mass communications from King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. She also earned a certificate in Social Media Marketing from Rutgers Business School. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; 570-348-9100 x5228.