Bingo hall closure a blow to charities
I saw an article this morning in the Fort Frances Times Online about the closure of the Fort Frances Bingo Hall on December 31st.
More than 20 local charities are scrambling to find alternate fundraising sources in this Ontario community. They range from the Fort Frances Aquanauts and FFHS band to the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau and Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary.
But while I was going to write some snarky post about the ethics of fundraising through gambling... I was more interested in the reason given for WHY the bingo hall is closing. Take a guess. What do you think closed the hall?
Linda Larocque, vice-president of the Fort Frances Bingo Association, got an e-mail last Thursday regarding the closure. She said the reason given for the closure was “economic difficulties” as the number of bingo players has dwindled since the province-wide smoking ban came into effect May 31.
Given the amount of new laws here in the States banning smoking... I wonder if there is a fundraising niche market for smoking clubs. Maybe all donors need is a place to gamble, drink, and chain smoke in order to write big checks.