Champagne Bingo Brings Overwhelming Crowd

Last Saturday, Southeastern’s ladies booster club, the F.E.Lions, hosted the annual Champagne Bingo event at Twelve Oaks, benefiting Southeastern athletics. The annual event hosts over 500 women, and is planned by the club’s officers and the Champagne Bingo committee’s volunteer members in conjunction with the Southeastern Alumni Association.
Held annually on the 4th Sat. in January, the event was open to all women age 21 and, tickets were sold to members of the F.E.Lions before the general public in order to allow the members maintain precedent.
Champagne Bingo event goers enjoyed bidding on silent and live auctions, playing the many games of bingo with varying prizes, competing in several different raffles, participating in hat contests and, of course, being served by the Southeastern football players
The rowdy ladies thoroughly enjoyed the extra attention, as did the football player, who received dollar bills in their arm guarders as they served drinks, with the money going toward the athletic fundraiser.
Zen Mora, senior nursing major, attended the event for the first time. On if she would return for the following years’ events, she said, “Yes, and I’m bringing all my friends.”
Five- year- veteran of this event, Julie Perise, said “This year we were oversold and had very few, if any, no shows.” The event has grown over the years, and this year, the amount of women in attendance had grown immensely from previous years.
“I couldn’t believe all the amazing hats!”, said Aimee Faucheux, senior elementary education major “I can’t wait to make mine next year!” Faucheux, along with other SLU students, represented different student organizations by working the event.
Perise explained, “This event was a great success for the organizations that acted as hosts as well as Southeastern as a whole.”
The growth of the Champagne Bingo event is encouraged, but the venue would need to be changed since 500 women were in attendance for Saturday’s occasion. Everyone who missed out will have a whole year to convince themselves to attend, and from the looks of things, Twelve Oaks may be just a little too small for the boisterous ladies and their extravagant hats.

These ladies are enjoying being served by the SLU football players.

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