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Dollars for Scholars

by Mary Jane McCall

Burlingame Country Club’s Designer Purse Bingo, set for August 6, is now a cherished part of the community’s social calendar and a vital resource for T.C. Henderson Elementary School.

Burlingame Country Club put the fun in “fundraiser” when they started their Designer Purse Bingo five years ago to benefit T. C. Henderson Elementary School in Lake Toxaway.

There’s a certain thrill when you fill a row and get to call “Bingo.” Winning a designer purse takes that thrill to an entirely new level. According to past attendees, this event is a blast and not to be missed.

Held this year on Tuesday, August 6, at Burlingame Country Club, doors open at 5:30 P.M., with bingo beginning at 6:00, and the event is open to the public. Tickets are $50, which grants admission, one bingo card, and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Additional cards are available for $20 each, and each card is good for 15 games of bingo. The prizes are designer bags – Coach, Prada, Marc Jacobs, Kate Spade, Tory Birch and more.

A cash bar is also available.

There is also a silent auction, with items from individuals and area merchants from throughout Jackson and Transylvania Counties who donate fabulous prizes to help this worthwhile cause. A highlight of the evening is the raffle of one very expensive purse. Don’t miss the popular Second Hand Rose Table, which features gently-used designer bags for $20 each, usually with a surprise tucked inside.

Since its inception five years ago, this event has raised over $95,000 for instructional needs at T. C. Henderson. These much-needed funds have allowed the school to purchase materials and instructional aids. The library has been updated with additional books and new furnishings. Each student now has a personal tablet for their use. The school is now a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) school and funds from this bingo play a big part is providing materials needed for this innovative and fun learning program. The extra funds raised make a big difference in the students’ educations.

The partnership between club members and the school has grown each year and many members now enjoy volunteering at the school year round, further enriching students’ lives.

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