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Corn Boil Bingo to benefit Sugar Grove groups

Published: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

SUGAR GROVE – Bingo fans can not only get their fix next week in Sugar Grove, but they also can help a good cause by playing Corn Boil Bingo.

Three Sugar Grove organizations will host Corn Boil Bingo, which coincides with the annual Sugar Grove Corn Boil festival that runs from July 26 through 28. Bingo cards are $1, and half of the proceeds from the winning pot go to the host organization, with the bingo winner taking the other half home.

Pat Graceffa, a volunteer who helps coordinate Corn Boil Bingo, said she expects between 100 and 200 people to play each day of the festival.

“We have a very, very nice turnout,” she said. “It’s a fun group.”

The game is only for those 18 and older, but children’s bingo is available at a separate tent for underage players.

Corn Boil Bingo runs from 5 to 10 p.m. July 26, benefitting the Sugar Grove Firefighters Auxiliary; from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 27, benefitting The Children’s Tumor Foundation; and from noon to 5 p.m. July 28, benefitting St. Katharine Drexel Church.

Corn Boil Bingo will take place each day at Sugar Grove’s Volunteer Park, which is located behind John Shield’s Elementary School at 85 S. Main St.

Graceffa said people should participate in Corn Boil Bingo first and foremost because it’s fun. But also because the money spent is poured right back into the community.

“It helps your local community groups,” she said. “It’s tough right now for a lot of the groups with the economy. It’s hard to raise funds. It’s a big help to all those groups.”

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