American Legion welcomes back Bingo Monday

Published 12:00 am Saturday, July 4, 2015

After a two-year intermission between sessions, American Legion Post 3 is bringing back bingo Monday.

Bingo will begin at 7:30 p.m. with an “early bird session” followed by a main session at 8 p.m.

The big prize at the end will be called “Legion Bucks,” where a progressive jackpot is the final game of the evening.

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“It’s good for the community for people to come by and have something to do for a good cause,” Post Commander Steve Wise said.

As a non-profit organization, The American Legion uses the proceeds from Bingo to fund community programs for youth, veterans and the families of veterans.

It has been two years since The American Legion Post 3 in Vicksburg hosted a bingo night due to complications that caused them to lose their Bingo license, Post 3 Adjutant Larry Lovett said.

“We had to re-qualify our organization again and start up bingo,” Lovett said. “It took a while, but we finally got our license back. It’ll bring some friends to this place.”

Wise said bingo is a good way to bring the community together and help raise money for a cause that means a lot to him.

“It helps for people that are traveling and need something to do,” Wise said. “It’s more centralized for the people that are around the area.”

The majority of the proceedings will go to help with veterans throughout the area and youth programs. Lovett said the Legion would like to get another youth baseball team going in the area.

As bingo comes back around Monday, game packs will be sold for $7 a pack and as the night goes on, the packs will increase to $13.

The Legion was shut down last August with troubles bringing revenue in to keep the Legion up and running.

“We weren’t meeting the standards that the economy provides us to keep the Legion up and going,” Mark Segers, the financial adviser of the Legion said.

Bringing the community together and helping create new relationships throughout Vicksburg is something the Legion will aim for.

The patrons missed the American Legion they were used to having around and bringing bingo back will keep it around.

“From the patrons I talked to, when this place shut down, they lost a part of their lives,” Segers said. “They’ve been asking me for over a year now when will we get bingo back. It’s coming full circle now.”