Bingo is a popular game that is well known all around the world. It comes in many forms and it can bring loads of fun to any gathering. Deciding that you want to host a bingo game for your fundraiser is a great idea, especially because it is pretty easy to organize.
How to play
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The goal of a bingo game is to match the numbers that are selected from a bingo machine or a sack with the numbers on your card. Crossing all the numbers means that you have a full house and you are the winner. The rules are simple and easy to learn. Now let’s see what you need for hosting a successful bingo night.
Where to play
The first thing you need to do is to find a large enough venue that can accommodate all of your guests. Think about how many people you want to invite and plan accordingly. Churches or school halls are good locations, so you can start from there. You’ll also need plenty of chairs, tables and other equipment that you find necessary. You can rent all this or purchase it if you think that you’ll host other bingo events in the future.
What do you need?
You can’t have a bingo night without bingo equipment, so be sure to have the following essential items: a bingo ball machine or a sack, bingo cards, bingo daubers and of course a bingo license. For this, you’ll need to check with your local laws and regulations. Bingo equipment can be found online or at various specialized stores. If you don’t want to spend that much money, you could simply print the cards and provide guests with plenty of pens.
Payment & Prizes
Before starting, inform all the players about the goal of the fundraiser and the price of joining the game. For example you could charge $1 or $2 per game or $20 for an unlimited amount of games. Also, don’t forget to state the prizes that you wish to give. You can give away a percentage from all the money raised or some donated symbolic items. This depends on you and the nature of your fundraiser. Having a bingo caller is also an important part of the experience. He or she can be a professional or a person that is very good with speaking in public. Some bingo callers use certain calls for different numbers and that could add to the fun.
Food & Drink
Bingo night is about socializing and having fun. Having refreshments available is a must. You could either hire a catering team and pamper your guests or ask people to bring their own home cooked meals. In this way you contribute to the sense of community and sharing that a fundraiser is all about. Be sure to have volunteers that can help with serving food and verifying bingo wins.
How long does it take?
An average bingo game can take about 15 minutes. A popular format for such a night consists of 3 or 4 games that can last to up an hour, an half an hour break for refreshments and other activities and another 3 or 4 games. Inform your guests about the timetable so that they don’t make other plans. Other idea for activities include live auctions and raffles, where each ticket has the chance of winning a prize. Make sure that the prizes are fun!
Promoting your event is a must so you need to talk to your local radio stations or media channels in order to attract as many players as possible. State why you are raising funds and where and when the event will take place.
A bingo fundraising night is an event that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. This classic game is a good way to raise funds for a charity and have fun in the process.