It really is the bingo event of the Twin Cities. Brainchild of the now infamous “Bingo Babes,” Lee Haugee, of Clare Housing, and her sister in crime, Shannon Regan, of Park House, what started as a church basement fund-raiser has evolved into a night of bawdy banter and raucous humor, all for a worthwhile cause.
My Broadway Bingo Baby on October 4 truly will be bingo live like you never have seen it before. Recently, the babes have taken it upon themselves to revamp, refresh, and all around redo Bingo A-Go-Go.
Right out of the gate, it seemed Bingo A-Go-Go was meant to succeed. Since 2001, it has taken place in a number of different places, beginning with the Gobbler Games in the basement of Incarnation Church in Minneapolis. Since then, both attendance and sponsorship have exploded.
No longer confined to the basement, this year’s bingo has moved to the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis, a much larger venue. It consists of two larger events instead of four.
Miss Richfield 1981, the patron saint of bingo, once again will preside. Her “balls to the walls” attitude and zingy one-liners will have the crowd rolling all night. Raffle tickets, mystery celebrity callers, a fully stocked bar, and mischievous bingo verifiers all add to the ambience that is unmistakably Bingo A-Go-Go.
“Gosh Alice Jones switched dresses after every game. She must have, like, 15 different outfits. I don’t know how she gets them on,” Haugee says about one of the stellar entertainers.
If that isn’t enough to get you through the door, the prizes this year are out of this world—or at least out of the country. The grand prize, donated by RSVP Vacations, is a Caribbean Cruise for two, a welcome respite from Minnesota winters.
Bingo A-Go-Go benefits both Clare Housing and Park House, and through them, lends even more support to numerous other organizations throughout the community. They are an integral part of our community’s battle against the wide-reaching effects of HIV/AIDS. Bingo helps encourage them to continue the fight.
Grab your daubers, toss on some Broadway fashion, and strut your stuff down to the Hyatt. Tickets are now available for $30 per person. They can be purchased at a number of different locations, as well as by phone, or via the newly revamped Web site. Despite the larger venue, tickets are sure to sell fast. So, buy a couple right away.
Because everyone will be there, we’ll know if you weren’t. Save yourself the embarrassment, and join us for a truly unforgettable experience.
Oct. 4, 6 PM
Hyatt Regency Hotel
1300 Nicollet Mall, Mpls.