NISKAYUNA – Wind and colder than normal temperatures didn’t stop a couple dozen people from dabbing bingo cards with markers at River Road Park Saturday afternoon as part of an event to raise money for two organizations.
Instead, they bundled up in coats and blankets and hoped for the caller to pick the right balls for them.
Laura D’Arpino said she felt “pretty good” after winning the first game. She had shown up with a couple of friends from school and their parents to support The Warrior Project. She won a small $5 gift card. The big prize of the day was a personal protective equipment basket that included a mask and hand sanitizer.
The event was set up by Niskayuna High School’s The Warrior Project in conjunction with NCAP’s drug free community grant to support Nisky Nutrition On the Weekend and The Wounded Warriors Project.
“Due to COVID and everything we thought we had to do something,” said Jack Schiavo, a senior and member of The Warrior Project.
Pre-COVID, the group would do an annual fundraiser for the Wounded Warriors Project, which the group is an affiliate of.
Morgan Tibbitts, her wife, Lindsey Tibbitts, and their son, Lucas Tibbitts, attended the event together.
“I was just so excited to find an event that was outdoors and interactive,” Morgan Tibbitts said.
She said she was competitive about the game.
“I’m here to win… I mean support the kids,” Morgan Tibbitts said jokingly.
Her wife and son were just happy to be out of the house for a change since COVID began.
At a nearby table, Vicky Wagenbaugh sat with her husband, Frank, and their kids, Colin and Laura. Colin kept singing B, I, N, G, O; the group designated Frank to call it out when one of them won.
They found out about the event through the Glencliff Elementary School parent teacher association.
“We’re like this is a good opportunity to do something as a family that’s safe during the pandemic,” Vicky Wagenbaugh said.
They also wanted to help Nisky NOW, which Wagenbaugh said they always try to donate to.