Gay Bingo Moves to New Venue, Expands Capacity for Aug. 15 Event

Gay Bingo - a marquee summertime fundraising event for Palmetto Community Care - is back on Aug. 15 at a new venue. This year the event will be at the Charleston Convention Center in North Charleston, allowing for more attendees, more bingo and more fun. Avita Pharmacy will one again be the presenting sponsor.

This year’s theme is the Mad Hatter’s Ball, and costumes are encouraged. Patti O’Furniture is back as the event hostess, ready to call out bingo numbers and keep the audience entertained. And bingo winners will be treated to fabulous prize packages valued in the hundreds of dollars each.

New to Gay Bingo is the Divine Divas initiative. Those selected will be transformed into drag stars for the night and will help Palmetto Community Care raise money for its programs and services. Participants should be willing to commit to at least three of the dance sessions beginning July 17 to learn the choreography for the performance at Gay Bingo. Divine Divas will get help selecting an outfit along with makeup and style tips. All participants should be ready to have fun for a great cause and commit to raising at least $100. This new way to be a part of Gay Bingo is open to all; those interested should apply online at http://bit.ly/divinedivasapp.

Gay Bingo - where a winner is never a straight line and everyone has a ball - benefits Palmetto Community Care in its working helping those living with HIV in the Charleston region while providing free HIV testing, education and prevention resources. This event serves not only a fun evening, but as an important reminder that the HIV/AIDS epidemic is still affecting many in our community, LGBT and straight alike.

“We have sold out Gay Bingo every year since its inception, and we knew we had to move to a bigger space to keep growing this fabulous event,” said Jason Kirk, director of development & marketing for Palmetto Community Care. “This year’s theme is a perfect blend of fun and camp, and I can’t wait to see costumes inspired by ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and all the amazing hats that are sure to be showstoppers. We are so happy that Patti O'Furniture is back once more with her BVDs and we are excited to add our Divine Divas into the mix for 2019. In the words of the Mad Hatter, ‘We’re all quite mad here - you’ll fit right in!’”

The event is 6-10 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15 at the Charleston Convention Center. General admission tickets are $30 in advance through June 30, $40 during the month of July and $50 starting Aug. 1. Tickets include bingo and entertainment. Food will be available for purchase along with a cash bar will be available.

VIP tickets include a pre-event VIP reception at 5 p.m. with complimentary champagne plus premium seating and a free drink ticket plus bingo and entertainment. VIP tickets are $50 in advance through June 30, $60 during the month of July and $75 starting Aug. 1.

Reserved tables are available ranging from $600 to $1,800. For more details and to purchase tickets, visit www.charlestongaybingo.org. For information on sponsorships or to purchase a reserved table, contact Jason Kirk, director of development and marketing, at 843-747-2273, ext. 216 or jkirk@palmettocare.org.