The Valley Line: The bingo barbecue and our float

May 11, 2011|By Jane Napier Neely
  • Guys talking over Bingo strategy are (left to right) Tony Riewe, John Landrum, and Clyde Hemphill. (Photo courtesy of Peggy Hotaling)
Guys talking over Bingo strategy are (left to right) Tony…

It has become a community tradition since our first La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association New Year’s Day float that a Bingo Barbecue would be one of two major fund-raisers to insure that our float will make its way down Pasadena’s Colorado Boulevard each Jan. 1.

This year marks the 29th Bingo Barbecue event and it drew more than 150 supporters. It is always such a joyful crowd, with many members wearing Western-inspired duds. The event was held at the La Cañada Thursday Club.

The co-chairs for the event were Sue Beatty and Joan McGee. What a fabulous job they did, with a team of incredible volunteers to help the evening run smoothly.

Folks sidled up to the bar set up on the outdoor patio for something to wet their whistles before they got down to the serious business of watching their bingo cards. Each guest received one complimentary bingo card. More could be purchased for $1 each. Some people had an impressive array of multiple bingo cards to keep track of.


Just some of the volunteers helping to make the evening such a success were Jim Geoghegan, bingo equipment maestro; Joe Thompson, emcee; and bingo callers Jean Spomer, Michael Davitt, John Landrum, Tom Slaughter, Sarah Marshall, Jerry Martin, Geoff Baum and Peggy Hotaling.

The tables in the clubhouse were covered with red-and-white-checkered tablecloths and centered with geranium plants. There were baskets of popcorn sitting around to munch on while the social hour and community news-gathering took place.

When the dinner bell sounded, there was a rush for the buffet table, which was loaded with mighty fine vittles like barbecued beef, chicken, assorted vegetables and salads, and dessert. “Simply Perfect Catering” did the food and it was outstanding.

And before the bingo games started there were silent-auction tables loaded with great items to bid on — another way to make money so our float will make it down Colorado Boulevard.

Bingo winners included Cindy Loaney, Adene Misamore, Chuck McGee, Margaret Quinn, Betty McMurray, Diane Landrum, Sharlyn French, Pat Anderson, Sherrill Carbonetti, Phyllis Manley, Lynne Thompson, Jim Carbonetti, Cindy Slaughter, Jim Misamore, Mary Gant, Bill Imbriale and Nancy Walizer.

Especially excited about his winning bingo card was Jim Misamore. It was the first time in having attended nearly all 29 Bingo Barbecue evenings that he possessed a winning card. Needless to say, he was over moon about that.

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