Those searching for playfully intense Bingo games, fine dining, excellent music and a worthy cause soon could be winners in Fort Smith.
The 11th annual Black Tie Bingo Gala will be 7-11 p.m. Saturday at the Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Ave. The event raises money for the library while providing a variety of fun for attendees, said Cindy Long, endowment director for the library.
"We are excited about this year's event because we always have a great time," she said. "It's a great dinner and we start out with appetizers at 7 p.m. downstairs in the circulation area. Our local musicians Don and Terri Bailey will start out playing there."
The menu will include salad with blue cheese dressing, beef tenderloin, sweet potatoes, a zucchini tomato bake and dessert, among other items, Long said.
"We have such great, special (prizes) such as an Apple Watch Series 4, which is the newest one; a New Year's Eve package at the 21c Museum Hotel and Crystal Bridges; a Eureka Springs tree house giveaway; and some other great things," she said.
"Regarding the tree house, they look like log cabins and they are built up in the trees," Long added. "They are beautiful inside. There's a bedroom and beautiful bath, and there's a family area with a fireplace. It's a great weekend getaway for September 2019."
Channel 5's Daren Bobb and Erika Thomas will serve as emcees for the evening, helping make the Bingo event "even more exciting," she said.
"We break out Bingo, and that is always fun," Long said. "And the money we raise from the event, we donate it back to the library's Youth Services, where we have been able to give $45,000 or more back to them each year.
"And the more we raise, the more we can give back," she added. "We usually raise $58,000 to $60,000 total, so we give Youth Services $45,000, and then we try to look at other areas of the library that need the money."
Tickets are $150 per person and can be purchased by calling (479) 783-0229. The deadline to purchase tickets is Wednesday. Seating will be limited.
"We always have a great small army of volunteers who help, and we constantly perpetuate the library endowment through major gifts, giving and donations," Long said. "The endowment is here to help the library now and in the future, and to provide resources the library isn't able to do. The more support we have, the more the library can offer our community — more resources, more downloadables and more online databases. It really helps."