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Community bingo planned Friday to benefit Special Olympics
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Apr 17, 2014 | 2319 views | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Friday’s bingo has a special theme, which is to raise money for the Special Olympics team at Jones County High School.

The April 18 bingo will be held at the Lions Club located on Highway 18 East. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the bingo will begin at 7. The bingo is sponsored by The Changing Stations Ministry, and all profits from the bingo will go directly to Jones County’s Special Olympics.

A spaghetti dinner will be available for purchase for $6 before the bingo begins, and the evening will also feature a silent auction and door prizes.

Jones County Special Olympics is led by teachers Leah Bodnarchuk and Graham Nash and it is unique in the state. Nash said the primary focus of the local program is on the unified division of Special Olympics.

“This division pairs individuals who have disabilities with those who do not. We are different than most Special Olympic organizations because our unified group meets daily during a physical education at the high school. We are the only school in the state of Georgia that is currently doing this,” he said.

He added the program’s purpose is to offer individuals who have cognitive disabilities the opportunity to compete and participate in organized sports.

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