Fun times in Lake Park with Bingo night fundraisers this winter 

February might be over, but winter still has us firmly in its cold grasp.

It’s the season for the winter doldrums and some organizations in Lake Park are working to help you break out of them.

This year they are once again hosting a series of Bingo night fundraisers.

The Lake Park American Legion Post 371, the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 271 and the Lake Park Rescue squad have teamed up again this year to host a series of Bingo nights.

This is the third year that the three organizations have come together to offer up these fun events.

This year the events started in January and they will run through April. They are held the second and fourth Saturday nights of the month. The remaining dates for the year are March 2, 9 and 23 and April 13 and then again on Aug. 3 during Farmer Appreciation Days.

The Bingo nights kick off with a meal served at 5:30 p.m. for $5 at the Lake Park Community Building. Bingo games start at 6:30 p.m. and it costs $1 per card per game to play. The night usually wraps up around 8 p.m.

“This is our third year and we continue to do it for the community. We have lots of older people and it gives them a twice a month outing during these cold weather months,” said Jim Kessler, the vice commander at the Lake Park American Legion Post 371. “They can get out and socialize. It’s fun for everybody.”

The funds raised during the Bingo nights are split between the three organizations who host the event.

The organizations use the money in a variety of ways.

The Legion uses part of the funds for their youth programs in the community such as their oratorical contest on the constitution, a fifth grade flag essay and sending a student to Boys State. Both the Auxiliary and the Legion also use the funds to help pay to send local veterans on an honor flight.

The prizes given away during the Bingo games are donated from businesses around Dickinson County.

“The prizes are usually fun ones like a free round of golf or half price off a round of golf or gift certificates to other stores. We also have free night stays at hotels. Our prizes are worth about $115-$165 on average,” Kessler said.

All in all, the Bingo nights help benefit the community in a number of ways.

“They help us with our goals of continuing our youth projects as well as helping out veterans and veterans’ families who may be in need, but the Bingo nights are also really appreciated by the community,” Kessler said. “It’s a fun, family-friendly activity that everyone can enjoy.”