The rain did not deter more than 325 people from attending Pocketbook Bingo, hosted by the Monmouth County Board of Catholic Charities at St. Leo the Great in Lincroft on April 4. The sold-out event raised more than $17,000 that will benefit Catholic Charities programs throughout the county.
Attendees included individuals as well as large groups, many of whom brought tasty appetizers ranging from shrimp cocktail and sushi to cheese and crackers. The atmosphere was festive as excited guests eagerly listened to the numbers as they were called out by various volunteers, including Father John of St. Leo’s. Twelve lucky winners each went home with a new designer hand bag, including a Louis Vuitton valued at $1,250.
Proceeds from Pocketbook Bingo will benefit the programs affiliated with Catholic Charities in Monmouth County such as: Beacon House, Family Growth, Linkages, Monmouth Counseling Services, Project FREE, and Veterans’ Counseling. These programs provide support that assists adults and children, regardless of their religious affiliation, with housing, food, mental health, specialized children’s’ services, and addiction treatment. Each year, hundreds of Monmouth County residents benefit from the support of Catholic Charities.
The sponsor of Pocketbook Bingo was Financial Solutions, Inc., Monmouth County’s premiere financial planning and management firm specializing in retirement planning, income generation, and principal protection.
The Monmouth County Board of Catholic Charities wishes to thank St. Leo’s for graciously donating the space for the event. To learn more about Catholic Charities programs in Monmouth County, visit www.catholiccharitiestrenton.org/monmouth or call Sue Medlin at (732) 747-9660, ext. 7100.
About Catholic Charities
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton is a faith-inspired social services agency with more than 100 years of experience. Their mission directs them to alleviate human suffering through a wide variety of services, including behavioral healthcare, domestic violence prevention and treatment, help with basic needs, housing assistance, job training and supported employment, and outpatient substance abuse treatment. They are a 501 (c)3 non-profit recognized by the Chronicle of Philanthropy as one of the most fiscally efficient in the country, using less than 10 percent of revenue for administrative costs.