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Lincolnland Binga Supports Hospice Services

August 18, 2016 2:51 p.m.

By spending an evening playing bingo with friends, community members can help provide comfort and end-of-life requests to hospice patients and their families in 20 Illinois counties.

In support of services provided by Lincolnland Hospice, Sarah Bush Lincoln is hosting its ninth annual Lincolnland Binga on Tuesday, September 13, at the American Legion in Mattoon. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m., with a light meal available for purchase. Binga participants will have the opportunity to win more than $2,000 in Longaberger hand-crafted baskets and other home and lifestyle products. Early-bird binga games begin at 5:30 p.m., with regular binga beginning at 6 p.m. The event also features a silent auction.

Net proceeds from the event make it possible for Lincolnland Hospice to offer free community bereavement, fulfill end-of-life wishes through its Grant-A-Wish program, provide care to patients without resources and meet the unique needs of our veterans through the Veteran Outreach Program.

The Grant-A-Wish program offers patients up to $500 toward life-fulfilling wishes. Whether it’s engraved jewelry, baseball game tickets, or a trip with loved ones, Lincolnland Hospice grants special end-of-life requests to people throughout the year. In addition, bereavement services begin when a person is admitted into Hospice and are offered for a minimum of 13 months after the person’s death.

Binga is played just like regular bingo with game winners receiving Longaberger baskets, pottery, wrought iron products or other home and lifestyle products. For just $10 you can secure one of 250 seats available by calling the SBL Foundation at 258-2511 or online at

Additional tickets at the event can be purchased, including two games of early-bird Binga, three intermission games and five Big Five games. The Big Five games will be played for prizes each worth more than $150 with a final black out game valued at more than $250. A silent auction will be held throughout the evening including items ranging from retired Longaberger products to hand-made treasures and sports tickets.

Raffle tickets will also be sold for an iPad Basket. The package includes an Apple iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi 16GB in Space Gray; a Vector slim case by Solo; a SpectraSound wireless LED Speaker; Tzumi wireless stereo earbuds; a PNY power pack with rechargeable battery, USB port and LED battery level indicator; and a woven canvas storage cube. The package value is more than $400. Door prize tickets will be available as well.

Join us for a fun filled evening to support Lincolnland Hospice programs!

For more information, call the SBL Foundation at 258-2511.


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