Family Bingo night in Las Vegas has taken to the strip where four meeting rooms at Circus Circus are set aside for an evening of camaraderie, beginning Wednesday. A social hour is planned at 6 p.m. for the kick-off and will feature a DJ and drink specials. Bingo begins at 7 p.m. with reigning queen, Miss Las Vegas PRIDE 2011 as co-host. The Family Bingo night extravaganza raises funds for Las Vegas PRIDE and the PRIDE festival in September, to be held at the Clark County Amphitheater. Family Bingo is held the first Wednesday of every month. Plenty of parking is available.
The event, which was started in 2005 via the support of a local business and Southern Nevada Association of PRIDE President and Bingo Chairman Ernie Yuen, returns after a hiatus with the blessing of Yuen. Ernie is in charge of the team that is bringing the popular Family Bingo night back that was very well received for its female impersonator entertainment, themes, prizes and drink specials. Hosts Miss Las Vegas PRIDE and Norma Lee Aman are ready for a crazy and fun evening, and old favorites like the free shots every time O-69 is called and raffle tickets.
Family Night Bingo rules
Lovers of PRIDE Family Night Bingo can purchase Bingo packets during the social hour. Each packet contains six sheets with three Bingo faces on every sheet. Players will want to pay attention. Any player with a Bingo needs to make sure they raise their hand and yell the Bingo out, loud enough for everyone to hear. The games will move swiftly. Players with Bingos are required to speak up immediately after their last number was called or their game will be forfeited. Players may bring their own daubers, as the die-hard Bingo fans will, otherwise, they will be available.
Any disputes will be settled by the chairman and board members. The PRIDE hostess will begin and end the games, as well as announce each number during the games. If more than one player wins at the same time, all Bingo winners will choose a ball. The highest number will win. The PRIDE hostess will announce the raffle ticket winners, but a member of audience will actually choose the tickets. If any tickets are unclaimed, another ticket will be pulled. Raffle tickets will be sold at the registration table during the kick-off party. Players will want to spot the Bingo Babes during the games for the purchase of additional raffle tickets.
While Bingo joined the PRIDE festival in 2005, the festival itself has seen a number of firsts, including the parade being televised in 2009 as the Southern Nevada PRIDE celebrated its 26th year. More than 10,000 people attended in 2009 to see local celebrities, check out the dance tents, view an art show and feast in the enlarged food court. Children were treated to face-painting, story time, and arts and crafts. In 2008, the celebration saw its biggest fund raiser ever, donating $40,000 to nonprofits and select programs. A Gay Travel Expo was introduced in 2008 for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) travel-friendly vacation spots.