The Panola College Foundation hosted its annual Designer Purse Bingo fundraising event on Friday, March 25 at the Carthage Civic Center, attracting approximately 600 guests and raising over $65,000 for program scholarships and grants.
“This event helps ensure that we are able to increase the number of scholarships and grants the Foundation offers to students each year,” said Jessica Pace, Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Panola College. “It’s great to see the community come out and support the students while having fun.”
Don Clinton, vice president of student services at Panola College, entertained the audience as the fundraiser’s emcee, thanking sponsors and calling out scheduled bingo numbers throughout the evening.
Each guest left with a tote bag provided by Young Energy Services of Carthage. Sanford & Sons sponsored centerpieces for each table, which were available for purchase after the event. Pippen Motor Company and Rural Water Services sponsored koozies, and Razor Services sponsored skinny koozies for the evening. Back by popular demand, a signature drink available for purchase was brought to guests by Simply Beautiful Salon. Sodexo sponsored boxes of deli meats for each guest, and Hospitality ER provided meals and gift bags for volunteers.
First State Bank & Trust Company and UT Health East Texas sponsored the event’s bonus games, which allowed guests to take home a Louis Vuitton couture bag.
Bingo handbags included 24 different designs, including brands such as Coach, Kate Spade and Michael Kors. Game sponsors included AshRoq Financial, Carthage Economic Development Corporation, Carthage Furniture, Edwards Jones of Vicky Hudson, Elliot Dodge of Carthage, Farmers State Bank, Hal’s AC & Electrical, Loutex, Palmetto Services, Rancho Grande, VeraBank and Winkler Place.
A popular raffle that gave guests the chance to win a variety of prizes, including designer handbags, was held in the middle of the event. Raffle sponsors included Cyclone Rentals, Farmers State Bank, General Shelters of Texas, Hal’s AC & Electrical, Holiday Inn Center, Martin Lake Power Plant – Luminant, Tyson Foods and Republic National Distributing Company.
The Panola College Foundation would like to thank everyone who attended the event, including each of the sponsors. Designer Purse Bingo would not be possible without the volunteers who spent hours preparing and setting up the event.
In 2023, Designer Purse Bingo will be held at Carthage Civic Center on March 31st.