2012-11-04 / Dining & Entertainment

Respite Volunteers of Shiawassee boasts successful purse party bingo


LUCKY WINNER – Suzette Reich is presented her winning Vera Bradley handbag by Vanna WannaBe while her sister, Sue Price, congratulates her. (Courtesy Photo) LUCKY WINNER – Suzette Reich is presented her winning Vera Bradley handbag by Vanna WannaBe while her sister, Sue Price, congratulates her. (Courtesy Photo) OWOSSO – Respite Volunteers of Shiawassee would like to thank all those who attended their Fall Purse Party Bingo. Almost 200 women vied to be one of the 20 lucky winners of beautiful purses with a retail value of at least $40. Emcee Carol Nama kept the party rolling with her funny stories while Vanna WannaBe (Peggy Garikes) modeled the purses, and Kathy Neumeister entertained the crowd with her unique bingo calls.

There were winners from just about every city and town in Shiawassee County which shows the broad scope of Respite Volunteer supporters. The beautiful purses, refreshments, jokes, door prizes and bingo screams made for a fun ladies night out.

Sponsors of the event were GiGi’s Catering and Banquets, Oliver Woods Retirement Village and Smith Family Funeral Homes.

?I really appreciate all of the generous support we have received though this event. A special thank you to those who donated the beautiful purses,” said Carol Nama, co-chair of the event.

Plans are already in the making for the Spring Purse Party Bingo which will be held on April 18, 2013. For those who would like to donate a new purse (at least $40 retail value), it can be dropped off at the Respite Volunteers of Shiawassee office at 710 W. King St. in Owosso. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Respite Volunteers of Shiawassee is a local non-profit organization that provides respite support to caregivers of adults with persistent health needs and the elderly living alone residing in Shiawassee County. For more information about Respite Volunteers of Shiawassee visit www.shiarespite.org or Facebook or call the Respite Volunteers office at 989-725-1127. The next Respite Volunteer training will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at St. Joseph Catholic Church School in Owosso from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Contact the office to register for the next volunteer training.

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