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ST. MARYS — St. Marys native Amy Auman has a passion for the game of bingo, and for helping her hometown community.

The “Benefit Super Bingo” event will begin at 7 p.m. April 26, with doors opening at 5 p.m. at Elk County Catholic High School on Maurus Street.

The 20 bingo games feature $4,460 in prize payouts, a lottery basket raffle, door prizes and more. Admission is $50. The Future Business Leaders Association will offer sandwiches, snacks and beverages for sale.

Proceeds will go to the Redevelopment Authority’s stage project in downtown St. Marys.

The RDA has a plan to build a stage/amphitheater, in conjunction with the city park in the process of being built on Depot Street. The planned park will have a bridge extending across Elk Creek, connecting the parking garage to Brusselles Street.

“I think this project will be wonderful for the city and our community,” Auman said. “It will connect more than one event, and bring all ages together. It’s making something old into something new and better.”

Local people, crafters and businesses donated prizes for the event, Auman said.

“These are amazing items people are willing to share and donate for a good cause,” she said.

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Auman has held bingo events for the company she works for, but this is the first for the stage project, she said.

“It’s the same game and same idea, but now the proceeds will stay in this area,” she said.

Bingo is an exciting event for people, Auman says. They get excited to win or even just waiting to see if their number will be called.

Auman is a member of the Elk County Volunteer Alliance group.

“Fundraisers help somebody else in some way,” she said. “It’s about helping people, and I like doing it.”

For more information, call 814-335-1610.

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