SIX NATIONS – Six Nations Bingo opens its doors every November and December to seven local elementary schools to host a weekly Toy Bingo. Instead of cash prizes, customers play for toys and electronics. For most schools, this is their primary fundraiser for the year.
Six Nations Bingo provides the cards, the facility, and the staff to run the event, and assists the schools to market each Toy Bingo Fundraiser. It is up to the schools to secure prizes, sell baked goods, and run additional fundraising activities such as toonie tables or 50/50 draws.
“It really is a community effort to host the event,” said John Heathers, director of gaming. The fundraiser flourishes from the support of the community who volunteer, donate prizes or come out and play with their friends and family. “This season, the seven schools collectively raised just over $141,000, which is a 10 per cent increase from last year.”
The fundraiser was created nearly two decades ago by local teachers and is now regulated by the Six Nations Gaming Commission and proudly supported by Six Nations Bingo, a sub-department of Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation.