Kaneland Blackberry Creek to host Bingo, auction

By on January 31, 2014

ELBURN—Are you ready for some Bingo?

The Kaneland Blackberry Creek PTO will host Family Bingo and Auction Night on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 5:30 p.m. at Kaneland Blackberry Creek Elementary, 1122 Anderson Road, Elburn.

Blackberry Creek Elementary teachers will take to the stage to call out Bingo information via microphone. Game players will be seated in the school gymnasium.

Julia Galvan, a third-grade teacher at Blackberry Creek, will be one of the event’s five bingo callers. Can attendees expect to hear any teachers use a game show host voice?

“No,” Galvan said. “I’m just planning to just be myself.”

The Family Bingo and Auction Night event is the first of its kind for the Blackberry Creek PTO. According to Lisa Brown, chairperson of the event, money raised during Family Bingo and Auction Night will go to the PTO. Money earned by the PTO goes toward providing classroom supplies, technology purchases, field trips, assemblies, movie nights and a spring dance.

“It’s definitely an opportunity for families to enjoy an evening together and show their Kaneland spirit,” Brown said.

The gymnasium will reflect Kaneland’s school colors of black, silver and white. Silver stars will have landed on plastic tablecloths. And there will be plenty of black and silver balloons.

Magic Matt, a magician otherwise known as Matthew Scherer, will be on the scene to entertain guests. He’ll perform what Brown calls “interesting magic tricks,” and also create balloon animals.

Attendees will have a chance to win Bingo prizes, including Paisano’s Pizza and Grill certificates, Funway roller skating passes and up to $20.

Popcorn, cake pops, lemonade and water will be available for purchase during the event.

Those up for a silent auction can bid on 15 different Kaneland staff time donations. Items include “Games with Mrs. Galvan,” “The Music Man with Mr. Fox,” “Dinner with Mrs. Bateman” and “Hot Chocolate and a Book with Mrs. Tierney.”

Kindergarten teacher Autumn Gilchrist will donate “Pedicures with Mrs.Gilchrist,” designed for up to two of her kindergarten students to enjoy some “girl time.”

“This gives the child an opportunity just to have all of your attention squeezed into an amount of time while having a fun and enjoyable, relaxing experience together,” Gilchrist said.

Meanwhile, Maryann Lisberg, a Blackberry Creek parent volunteer, plans to bring her family to the event and has a reason why people should also attend.

“I just think that it would be a lot of fun, and it’s something for the family to do together,” Lisberg said.