Wind and colder than normal temperatures didn’t stop a few dozen people from dabbing bingo cards with markers at River Road Park on Saturday afternoon to raise money for two organizations.
Instead, they packed up coats and blankets, hoping the caller would pick the right balls for them.
Laura D’Arpino said she felt “pretty good” after winning the first game. She had turned up with a few friends from school and her parents to support The Warrior Project. She won a small $ 5 gift card. The day’s big prize was a basket of personal protective equipment that included a mask and hand sanitizer.
The event was launched by Niskayuna High School’s The Warrior Project in conjunction with the NCAP’s Drug-Free Community Grant in support of Nisky Nutrition On the Weekend and The Wounded Warriors Project.
“Because of COVID and everything we thought we had to do something,” said Jack Schiavo, senior and member of the Warrior Project.
Before COVID, the group would run an annual fundraiser for the Wounded Warriors Project, of which the group is a part.
Morgan Tibbitts, her wife Lindsey Tibbitts, and their son Lucas Tibbitts attended the event together.
“I was just so excited to find an event that was outdoor and interactive,” said Morgan Tibbitts.
She said she was competitive in terms of the game.
“I’m here to win … I mean, support the kids,” Morgan Tibbitts said jokingly.
Her wife and son were just happy not to be home for a change since COVID started.
At a table nearby sat Vicky Wagenbaugh with her husband Frank and their children Colin and Laura. Colin kept singing B, I, N, G, O; The group directed Frank to call out if either of them won.
They learned about the event through the Parents and Teachers Association of Glencliff Elementary School.
“We think this is a good opportunity as a family to do something that is safe during the pandemic,” said Vicky Wagenbaugh.
They also wanted to help Nisky NOW, which Wagenbaugh is always trying to donate to.