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Art Center fundraiser: Bingo with bling

Not “bingo,” but “blingo.”

“This event is for everyone, but the turnout usually ends up being a ladies night out,” said Beth Hodge, the executive director of the Staunton Augusta Art Center, which is holding its Blingo fundraiser Wednesday night at Downtown at the Clock Tower in Downtown Staunton.

Tickets are $30, which include a bingo card, hors d’ourvres, and entertainment.

Donations of various bling-y items have been made by local artists and businesses for the prizes, which are anything from Native American silver bracelets encrusted with semi-precious stones to a Mickey Mouse watch.

Prizes throughout the night are jewelry, except for the very last game that is going to be played. To play the last game, you must pay an extra $25 for a ticket. The grand prize is a seven-day stay in a condominium at Emerald Isle, N.C. The condominium is two bedrooms and two bathrooms and is beachfront.

Proceeds go from the event to the Staunton Augusta Art Center.

If you are feeling fancy, a limited number of VIP tickets are available for $50, which gets you into a VIP lounge complete with your own wait service and bathroom.

There is even a special cocktail being designed for this event called the Blue Jewel, which just so happens to come with a blue jewel in your glass.

Tickets are $5 per cocktail and $3 for beer.

Tickets for this event can be purchased at Arthur’s Gallery, Celebrate, or the Smith Center, all located in Downtown Staunton, or may also be purchased at the door the night of the event.

The doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the games begin at 7 p.m.

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