Elks to host benefit bingo event

Staff report

SIDNEY — The Sidney Elks Lodge 786 is holding a benefit bingo for Altrusa International of Sidney on Saturday, March 24, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 221 S. Main Ave.

The local chapter of Altrusa International, held its first meeting in June 1944 and has been actively contributing time, energy, money, and resources to several community service projects.

In 1977, Altrusa became the first volunteer service group to adopt literacy as the focus of its community activities.

To raise funds to promote literacy and education, the Sidney Club completes several fundraising projects throughout the year including: Elder-Beerman Community Days and an Adult Spelling Bee.

The funds raised from these projects are awarded to Shelby County residents to provide support for vocational assistance, college, and literacy projects with scholarships.

Scholarship applications are disbursed to Shelby County guidance counselors in April. To date, over $24,000 has been awarded to local students.

The Elks Lodge also supports many charity endeavors including Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Darke & Shelby County, Clear Creek Farm, Children’s Medical Center, Agape Distribution, and the 4-H Foundation. With Grand Lodge grants, they have also purchased supplies and equipment for Compassionate Care and the Sidney Fire Department.

Cost is $25 for six games with a cash prize for each game. Food, drink, and dabbers will also be available for purchase.

Open to the public, you must be 21 or older to participate. Pre-sale tickets are available at the door, from any Altrusa member, or by calling or texting Christa Morris at 937-423-0459. The venue is handicap accessible.

Staff report