Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Veggie Bingo - putting the "fun" in fundraising!
For 12 weeks each summer, the Hideout, a Chicago bar and music venue, transforms into a hub for community gardeners and the produce they grow. The Hideout is home to Veggie Bingo and its cult following of community garden supporters. The fees, $4 a card or three for $10, benefit a different community garden each week and have helped gardens purchase tools and supplies including soil, seeds, sheds, compost, benches, and scholarships for young workers. NeighborSpace, the nonprofit urban land trust that supports community gardens, sponsors the bingo night, and pools and divides proceeds among the dozen gardens chosen for the season. Robin Cline, assistant director of NeighborSpace estimates one night of bingo can bring in anywhere from $300 to $1,000. Since its founding, Veggie Bingo’s popularity has grown steadily; on some nights, it attracts as many as 125 to 130 players.Source: Civil Eats, 7/19/16, Veggie Bingo