SUNBURY — New electronic instant bingo machines were recently installed at Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 3614, 235 N. Columbus St.
The Sunbury FOE was one of the 800 fraternal organizations and veterans’ clubs in the state that received licenses to operate the e-bingo machines. Aerie 3506 in Marysville also received a license. Ohio is the eighth state to allow e-bingo as a fundraising tool for charitable groups. Charity gaming accounts for 2% of Ohio gaming revenue annually.
“E-Bingo has added a new fundraising source to our organization and we now far exceed our expectations in providing community assistance,” said Chris Norman, Trustee of FOE 3614, in a press release. “These machines are simply a modern take on the pop-open tabs and paper bingo that our customers have been playing for years. It’s more attractive, it’s more engaging, it’s more entertaining and when people play, we all win.”
According to the publication, “FOE Aerie 3614 has more than 900 members and donates approximately $40,000 annually to groups such as Big Walnut Local Schools, the Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial, and various cancer funds.”
In addition to the charitable causes, the Sunbury Club has recently made some improvements to its car park and carpeting, according to its Facebook page. The club will be hosting an adult Halloween party tonight from 8pm to 11pm which will include a band and costume contest.
The Eagles are “an international not-for-profit organization united fraternally in the spirit of liberty, truth, justice and equality to make human life more desirable, alleviating its ills and promoting peace, prosperity, joy and hope” , according to their website. His slogan is “People helping people since 1898”. His achievements include the founding of Mother’s Day and the driving force behind Social Security.
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“E-bingo, low-stakes, low-risk machines provide a source of entertainment for members of veterans’ clubs and fraternal organizations while raising much-needed dollars for local charities,” the press release reads. “Of the proceeds that charitable games bring in for each post, at least 25% goes to other charities in their local communities, including youth programs, shelters, fire departments and senior centers.”
The e-bingo machines were supplied and installed by Cleveland-based Arrow International Inc., “the world’s largest full-line charity products provider,” the website said. Its products raise more than $1.5 billion in donations annually.
The Sunbury Eagles parking lot has been repaved and striped.
Gary Budzak covers the eastern half of Delaware County. He can be reached at the above email address or on Twitter @GaryBudzak.