West End Rotary event to benefit Jackson firefighters

The West End Rotary Club will host its fourth annual Longaberger Basket Bingo on Sunday, January 30, 2011, to benefit firefighters in Jackson Township, Monroe County, PA. Doors at the West End Fire Hall open at noon and bingo starts at 1 p.m. There will be prizes, raffles and lunch available as well as. Admission is $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

Players have a chance to win dozens of retired and collectable baskets, including a 1990 tea basket with liner and lidded insert, a 1999 blue ribbon bread basket combo and a JW miniature apple and market basket valued at more than $135. The club will fill all of the baskets with additional prizes. Gift certificates to area businesses will be offered as door prizes.

Proceeds from this year’s fundraiser will help the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Co. purchase a 4-Gas Sensor, an atmospheric monitor that detects health and fire hazards to determine if it is safe for a firefighter to enter the building. Proceeds will also benefit the West End Rotary Club’s Community Wish List. Funds from previous basket Bingo events have enabled West End Rotary to purchase ice rescue suits for Polk Township fire fighters, a thermal imaging scanner upgrade for the Blue Ridge Hook & Ladder Co., a new sign for the Kunkletown Volunteer Fire Co. and a public address system for the Western Pocono Community Library.

People who cannot attend but who would like to help Rotary and the fire companies can sponsor a basket in the name of their business or family. Contact Theresa Yocum at (570) 280-6476 or tyocum@combk.com for more information.

Tickets may be purchased in advanced at Creature Comforts Veterinary Center in Saylorsburg, West End Happenings in Gilbert and Community Bank and Trust Co. in Tannersville. Tickets will also be sold at the door as long as there are seats available.

West End Rotary meets Thursday at 7:30 a.m. in the community room of the Western Pocono Community Library. For more information visit the club website.

Crowds enjoy West End Rotary's Longaberger Basket Bingo

Crowds enjoy West End Rotary's Longaberger Basket Bingo