The Fifty Plus Club holds Bingo fundraiser on Sunday afternoon, July 26 at St. Philip Neri Community Center
The Fifty Plus Club will hold a Bingo fundraiser on Sunday, July 26, beginning immediately following 11 a.m. mass and ending at 5 p.m. All playing guests at the fundraiser will receive a free hot dog plate for lunch. The event will be at St. Philip Neri Community Center, corner of Dauphin Island Parkway and Laurendine Road. Proceeds from the fundraiser go to benefit the membership and to the operation of the organization.
In addition to bingo, there'll be cake auctions and sales, candy and baked goods sale, Split the Pot and free door prizes. T. Ray Aspinwall, spokesman for the Fifty Plus Club, said that easy rules for the games will be discussed immediately before the first games. This is an adults-only event.
Officers in the Fifty Plus Club are Winifred Goleman, president; Joyce Nelson, vice president; Ann Kotis, secretary and Janice Fields, treasurer. Aspinwall said that the club, which was founded in 1985, has 187 members. They come from all over Mobile County and even includes some "Snowbirds," who come to Mobile or Dauphin Island for the winter.
The Fifty Plus Club meets on the last Tuesday of the month at 10 a.m. The business meeting is followed by lunch, which Aspinwall described as "one of the largest covered-dish buffets in south Alabama."
One activity of the Club is an annual trip, this year to New York City, where they will tour Manhattan, Central Park, Rockefeller Center, Wall Street and the 9/11 Museum. Plans are not yet complete, but many other adventures await the 56 members planning to make the trip.
But the Fifty Plus Club, Aspinwall said, is so much more than an annual week-long vacation. "We love giving back to the community," he said. For example, the group keeps a store of such items as crutches, walkers, portable toilets and hospital beds, which they lend to both Club and community members. Also, Aspinwall said, "We try to celebrate life in every way possible," including special attention on members' birthdays and other occasions.
For more information on the upcoming Bingo fundraiser or the Fifty Plus Club, call Aspinwall at 423-2350.