Philly's 2012 Black-Tie GayBINGO Event Happening March 17th!

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It’s an event we look forward to every year: Black-Tie GayBINGO! A Philadelphia institution for more than a decade, the Black-Tie GayBINGO fundraiser raises money for HIV/AIDS services right here in the Greater Philadelphia area.

The 13th Annual Black-Tie GayBINGO event will feature cocktails, a silent auction, six bingo games, and entertainment from the Bingo Verifying Divas (BVDs), who dress in “glamorous drag to entertain the crowd and ensure everyone has laughs and a great time while raising funds for HIV and AIDS.”

In addition to being a fundraiser, this annual event also presents awards to “Favorite Straight Person of the Year”. For 2012, that individual is Loraine Ballard Morrill, News Director and Community Affairs Director for Clear Channel Radio’s six Philadelphia stations. AIDS Fund will also hand out the Founders’ Award to the William Way Community Center, and The Ferrara Family Volunteer Awards to Garry Stover and Steve Terrill.

This year’s Black-Tie GayBINGO (presented by PECO) will take place at the Crystal Tea Room is in the Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia. For tickets, call 215-731-9255 or visit aidsfundphilly.org. Tickets are $150 per person.

Can’t make it out to the big event? AIDS Fund hosts monthly GayBINGO events too! Each GayBINGO event has its own theme and set of special games, and there are cash prizes awarded. GayBINGO is held once a month on Saturday nights at the Gershman Y at Broad and Pine Streets in Philadelphia. The entrance is on Broad Street. All games begin at 7:00 pm.

The remaining 2012 spring schedule is as follows:
February 11 – Countdown to Mardi Gras GayBINGO! – Sequins, feathers, and beads. Oh my!
March 24 – Touch-A, Touch-A, Touch Me GayBINGO! – “I want to be dirty!” (Rocky Horror Picture Show)
April 21 – Waaaay-Off Broadway GayBINGO! – A tribute to the theater, BVD style!
May 19 – 16 Candles GayBINGO! – We’re celebrating the 80s and our Sweet 16!
June 9 – Under the Boardwalk GayBINGO! – On a blanket with my baby is where I’ll be!

GayBINGO reserved seating is $25 and balcony seating is $20.

That’s right, there’s a Rocky Horror theme night in March. Must. Not. Miss. It.

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