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By Joe Huether
The Times 

Dayton's Turkey Bingo fundraiser a success

Joe Huether, secretary for the Kiwanis, is instrumental in organizing the annual Turkey Bingo. He has sent a report to recognize the many volunteers that make this possible as well as how it benefits the local communities.


November 28, 2019

Joe Huether

Kira Boggs, president of the ASB student body, volunteers her time to call out the bingo numbers.

This year's annual community event and fundraiser for support of community youth activities and organizations by the local Kiwanis Club of Dayton was a great success.

This is the 33rd year for this annual fundraiser that was started by local Kiwanis Club members in 1986 including Kim Lyonnais and Dwight Robanske.

Many sponsors, including local businesses and other organizations, contributed cash and prizes for the event. (See thank you ad)

This event would not be possible without the additional support of partner clubs and organizations. Dayton Lions Club and American Legion volunteers participate as floor workers, cashiers, food preparation, setup and cleanup. These are reciprocal partner relationships that Kiwanis club members value and honor by volunteering to assist with the Lions Club crab dinner later in March or the American Legion Ham Bingo in April. Our bingo equipment is a shared resource for more than the Kiwanis Club event.

Our local Girl Scout Brownies assist with collection of food donations for the Dayton Food Bank at the front door as players enter. The Food Bank receives up to 500 pounds of food from bingo player donations that are rewarded with a 'free' bingo game card. Local 4-H club members volunteer for food service. High school students act as bingo callers and prize runners. They also provide supervised child care for bingo family members. These are direct participation and leadership roles for our young community members that show how much we value them and their growth and development.

In addition to their community event participation, proceeds from this fundraiser are used as direct support for our youth clubs and organizations such as Girl Scouts, Youth & Government, 4-H, Future Business Leaders of America and many others.

Last but certainly not least , this event appreciates the support of the Dayton School District that provides the facilities necessary for a big event including the Multi-Purpose Room, the Gymnasium, and the full Kitchen for cooking the famous Kiwanis hamburgers and hotdogs (also with freezer space for turkeys).

All this generosity allows us to have an event that is fun, family friendly and contributes greatly to our community.


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