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Al Rasi visits the American Legion regularly on Friday nights to play Bingo.American Legion Post’s Bingo night needs support

With the economy recovering at a painfully slow rate, it is more important than ever to work together to take care of the community. Several organizations throughout Macon County have offered a helping hand to lessen the burden on their neighbors, and the members of American Legion Post 108 have been doing their part by hosting a night of bingo every Friday night to raise money for community needs.

All of the proceeds earned during the bingo games get put directly back into the community.

“The members of Post 108 do this with pride and with no reservation when help is needed,” said Post 108 member William Trapani. “A dozen dedicated members donate their time each Friday night and all of the money earned at bingo is used for community needs.”

The veterans who volunteer work hard to make every Friday night fun and exciting for everyone who comes to the Legion to play.

“My daughter and I come almost every week,” said one Bingo player during intermission. “It is a fun way to spend a Friday night and we like that we are able to help the Veterans in the process.”

Over the past several years, the post membership has donated thousands of dollars to various community projects and people. Aside from helping local veterans and their families, the post has made contributions to projects to help children with special needs in the community, and often donates to various sports teams within the county.

Each year the post also selects some of the brightest students in the district to attend the Legion Boys and Girls State to learn how the government operates. They have also been giving a monetary contribution to the county’s “Shop with a Cop” program since its inception.

“We have also helped out local police and sheriff's departments by donating to them to improve their operation in our community,” said Trapani. “All of these thousands of dollars have come straight from our bingo games.”

As stands true for so many businesses and organizations throughout the country, the economy has taken a toll on the Legion’s bingo night participation numbers. With the number of people stopping in to try their luck slowly dwindling, the amount of money the Legion is raising to continue serving the community is also becoming less and less.

“So now we need the community’s support. By coming to play bingo, you will help us continue to do our work in our community,” said Trapani. “It’s really a partnership and with your help, we can continue our charitable works. Thank you for your continued support.”

Members of the American Legion Post 108 holds their first round of the night at their “Early Bird Bingo” which begins at 5:30 p.m., and another round at 7 p.m. The twenty games of the night are split between two of the Legion’s building located at 614 West Main Street. A non-smoking building and a smoking building are provided to have games to accommodate all guests. Everyone who comes to play must purchase a $20 package to participate in the rounds of bingo. Possible prizes range from a $50 prize to the ultimate prize of $500.

Food and drinks are also available throughout the night.

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