YMCA brings Bingo Bells back

Attendees at the 2018 YMCA Bingo Bells.

Last December, the YMCA hosted its first bingo night, aptly called Bingo Bells in honour of the holiday season. A fundraiser for the organisation, the event was so successful that it is bringing it back as part of its annual calendar of events.

Over 150 people took a break from the Christmas hustle and bustle to enjoy playing Bingo, winning fun prizes and dinner. This year, the night of fun, fellowship and games takes place on 13 Dec. from 6:30-8:30pm at the Mary Miller Hall in Red Bay.

Tickets include a serving of Grandma Judy’s famous spaghetti dinner and cost $10 per person or $25 for a group of three and are available for purchase at the Field of Dreams or the YMCA main office located at the Chamber of Commerce.

All proceeds from Bingo Bells will benefit the YMCA’s various programmes, including teen leaders, after-school sessions and camp funding for those in need.

“The Christmas season is traditionally known as a time of giving. Bingo Bells is not only a fun night out and an opportunity to spend time with family and friends, [it is also] a chance for attendees to show their own spirit of giving, knowing that they are helping the Y serve the Cayman community,” said YMCA CEO, Greg Smith.

YMCA Cayman Islands
In Nov. 2012, the YMCA was officially introduced to the people of the Cayman Islands at an event held at the Agriculture Grounds. The event included children’s activities, musical entertainment, sporting activities, food and family fun.

In Oct. 2013, the organisation hired its first employee, CEO Greg Smith. Greg came to Cayman with 20 years of YMCA experience and provided the necessary expertise to get the Y off the ground. Following Greg’s arrival, the Y hired full-time programme coordinators Jenny Stuesser and Caymanian Carl Morgan. Not long after, the Y expanded further bringing on Caymanian Gillian Roffey as their Operations Director.

In summer 2014, the YMCA began offering its first programmes. Family Fun Fitness as well as Day Camp for children ages 5-12. From that first camp of about 20 children, the Y now offers camps during every school break and has hosted as many as 150 children a week, utilising four venues.

The growth of the YMCA has been financially supported by an individual founder’s campaign, followed by a corporate founders campaign that ran through 2016. Both provided the foundation for the Y to grow and offer programmes that align with its three main areas of focus: youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

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