It’s been a long three months without bingo for Maureen Pennington.
As a board member for the High Noon Optimist Club of Regina, Pennington normally organizes around eight bingo sessions each month to raise money for the club, which is, in turn, distributed to groups in need across the city.
Since Regina’s bingo halls shut down due to the pandemic in March, fundraising has been tough going for the club.
With depleted funds this year, she said High Noon members are trying to figure out which places need their support most and which may not receive funding this year.
“We’re kind of a little bit stressed of how we’re going to be able to help people this year,” she said, noting that the group’s other main fundraiser of serving drinks at Mosaic Stadium events is also not generating money right now.
On June 30, the provincial government announced bingo halls and casinos could reopen on July 9 as part of Phase 4 of the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan. Pennington is thrilled to see bingo sessions resume and will be running one Thursday afternoon at Centennial Bingo.