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Locals can assist the veterans in their community and have a bit of fun at the same time through one simple game — bingo.

American Legion Post 201 and the American Legion Auxiliary 201 on Wills Road regularly host a bingo program to support veterans, their families and the community. 

“Bingo stands the test of time,” said Auxiliary 201 member Judy Lively. “It is a game that is enjoyed by all generations.”

One of the biggest benefits of the game, said Lively, is socialization.

“Regular players know each other by name, and we feel like a family,” she said. “If someone is out for more than two to three weeks, it is not unusual for them to get a call from a bingo player or a member of our organization checking to see if everything is OK. Many life-long friendships are made through bingo. And you can win money.”

Proceeds from the game go toward funding prizes, as well as several American Legion Post 201 programs. One of the top programs provides aid to veterans and their families during a financial crisis. Funds from the post are used to help out with utility bills, car repairs, food, short-term housing and gas. 

Another frequently used program provides seasonal support at various holidays. The post will give monetary and other gifts to the community around Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter, often partnering with North Fulton Community Charities. 

Other programs support the Atlanta VA Medical Center, provide student scholarships and help local high school girls attend Georgia Girls State, a hands-on learning experience for high school seniors to learn how government works. 

The Legion and Auxiliary chose bingo because it is a popular fundraiser across the nation.

“Bingo has been used by nonprofits for decades as a means of fundraising,” Lively said. “Between Post 201 and ALA 201, we have been having bingo for several decades.”

As many as 35 to 55 people show up for bingo each Sunday, and it’s hosted in a facility that can hold up to 250 people.

Bingo is held Thursdays starting at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays starting at 2 p.m. at American Legion Post 201, located at 201 Wills Road in Alpharetta. There is a $500 jackpot each Sunday.

For more information about the games or to get involved, visit legion201.org/bingo.html

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