Hamming it Up

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This isn't your average bingo game.

Yes, attendees are playing bingo, eagerly hoping their game cards match the numbers being called.

However, those playing are vying for more than trinkets and small amounts of cash. They've come for the ham.

It's become an annual tradition in the Triboro area, drawing hundreds of people, all hoping to walk away with one of the cherished prizes. This year, the fun kicks off at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 17. Doors will open earlier, with volunteers serving homemade food and refreshments in the kitchen beginning at 11 a.m. The church will also sponsor a bake sale during the event.

Led by the Rev. Gary Mensinger and organized by the parishioners of St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, the bingo is hosted in the church hall, 320 Vine St., in Old Forge, and serves as one of the parishes biggest fundraisers.

According to co-chair Dolores Mokay, the event is successful because there are people like her co-chair, Tanya Dolinish working hard behind the scenes.

"What she does," Mokay said. "We need more people like her. She went out and got all of these (pointing to the hams). She really does a lot for our parish and that's really important."

This is the third year the church is sponsoring the event, which also includes theme baskets, door prizes and various bingo specials that will be available throughout the afternoon.

Admission is $3.

More information about the ham bingo is available by calling 457-3042.

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