On January 28, Camp Fire Central Oregon threw its first-ever Not’Cho Grandma’s BINGO fundraiser at Silver Moon Brewing in Bend. The event drew over 150 enthusiastic players who turned out at 10 a.m. on a Sunday morning to purchase game cards, grab their markers, and take their reserved seats for two action-packed hours of letter+number callin’ fun.

“It was amazing to see our first BINGO fundraiser be such a success,” says Joey Hamilton, Camp Fire Central Oregon’s Marketing and Development Director. “I want to send a big Thank you to the YOUNI Movement and everyone who came out to play. At the end of the day, we raised about $3,400, surpassing our goal by nearly $1,000. It goes to show what amazing support an organization can have in our community. We’re looking forward to our next BINGO event on May 19th.”

Not’Cho Grandma’s BINGO is a year-long fundraising initiative spearheaded by The YOUNI Movement, an inclusive entertainment and education initiative that orchestrates and emcees its super entertaining, wildly amped-up version of BINGO. Supporting nonprofits throughout the year, in partnership with Silver Moon Brewing and other local businesses, The YOUNI Movement provides a platform for nonprofits to fundraise through its BINGO events and is the catalyst for a number of networking opportunities.

“At one point, we even had one player pledge a $500 donation to Camp Fire Central Oregon just out of kindness on behalf of Concrete Worx of Bend,” Hamilton says. “Dusty and everyone from The YOUNI Movement do such an amazing job giving nonprofits like ours a platform. The synergy around giving was contagious and uplifting. It was really entertaining and everyone had fun.”

A number of BINGO winners handed over their winnings as a financial contribution to Camp Fire Central Oregon, and others received tokens of appreciation from The YOUNI Movement. Camp Fire Central Oregon would like to thank all those who made this event a big hit, including The YOUNI Movement, Silver Moon Brewing, and a crew of Camp Fire Central Oregon volunteers. Our next BINGO event is Sunday, May 19th at 10 a.m. at Silver Moon Brewing. 

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