Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bingo Players Raise Money for Homeless Animals

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bingo Players Raise Money for Homeless Animals

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Armed with daubers, good luck charms and snacks, 616 people paid $25 to play bingo for four hours. Some were playing just for the fun of it, while others were deadly serious, scanning many cards in the hope of winning $100 or more per game.

All of them did it for the dogs, cats, rabbits and pigs who benefit from Biscuits Bingo, presented annually by the Pittsburgh Police.

"Our very first bingo 20 years ago raised $5,000," said Pittsburgh Police officer Christine Luffey, the driving force behind the event. She is beloved by animal lovers because she investigates and arrests most of the people charged with animal abuse and neglect in the city.

"After the first few years, the popularity of the event and success grew," Ms Luffey said. "Biscuits Bingo 2018 was truly our best event ever!"

The event last Saturday raised $42,633.38 for 11 shelters and rescue groups. Biscuits Bingo 2017 raised $35,268.19.

The event was held at the South Side hall of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, which does not charge for use of its hall.

More people wanted to come, but 616 is the occupancy limit. The event sold out in mid-February. Bingo playing brought in $15,400. The rest of the money was donated by individuals and companies and by bingo players who bought 50-50 raffle tickets.

"So many wonderful animals will be helped because of Biscuits Bingo. We are so proud!" Ms. Luffey said.

This year's recipients are Angel Ridge Animal Rescue, Animal Friends, Forever Home Beagle Rescue, Hello Bully, Pittsburgh Pets, Hog Heaven Rescue Farm, Homeless Cat Management Team, Humane Animal Rescue, Rabbit Wranglers, Pittsburgh Cat, and Senior Pet & Animal Rescue.

Each of those groups made another $1,000 to $3,000 by raffling off gift baskets put together by donors and volunteers. Volunteers were at the IBEW hall from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. selling raffle tickets and passing out literature about their organizations.

Retired Pittsburgh Police officer Regina Martin Allman manned a table wearing a "Boss Hog" T-shirt. She and her husband, David Allman, also a retired Pittsburgh Police officer, operate Hog Heaven Rescue Farm in Cochranton. Hog Heaven has cared for and re-homed hundreds of pot-bellied pigs whose owners didn't want them any more.

During a bingo break, Linda Staab of Arlington visited the Hog Heaven display and said, "I want a pig! …

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