Carlisle Chamber of Commerce members made final plans for the upcoming hamburger/hot dog dinner and bingo fundraiser during the noon Chamber meeting on Monday.
The dinner will be from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday at the Carlisle Civic Center. This year, bingo cards will be given with the purchase of any meal. Guests are invited to try and win one of many prizes donated by local businesses. Cost is $6 for a hamburger meal and $4 for hot dog meals. Individual hot dogs and hamburgers will also be available for purchase. Bingo cards will not be given with any individual item purchases.
Rules for bingo are: a person must yell bingo loud enough to be heard to win; Each game will be the traditional bingo with the winning lines being straight up, down, across or diagonal; All bingos will be confirmed so do not clear your card until told to do so; Winners will be awarded the prize on display. No alternative prizes will be given; In the event of a tie bingo, each winner will receive a prize; One prize per person; Table conversation should be kept low so the caller can be heard.
Raffle tickets will also be available for purchase at the chance to win a chainsaw or premium cooler. Raffle winners are not required to be present to win.
Volunteer are asked to arrive at the Civic Center by 5 p.m. for set up. All proceeds of the event go to support the Carlisle Chamber of Commerce.
Guest speaker for the meeting was Karen Dill, sponsorship chairman of the 2014 Lonoke County Relay for Life Committee. Dill said this year’s Relay for Life event will be from 6 p.m. until 12 a.m. at the Gina Cox Center in Lonoke. She said due to having previously change the venue due to weather numerous times, the committee decided to have it indoors this year. She said they also changed the event duration from 12 hours to six hours due to the decreased amount of participation as the hours wear on.
According to Dill last year $27,000 was raised in Lonoke County. She said this year’s goal is $40,000.
Dill said the proceeds from the Relay for Life of Lonoke County will go toward supporting cancer research as well as the recovery of patients diagnosed with all forms of cancer, not just breast cancer. She said they also help cancer patients through other avenues than research, such as transportation assistance and helping to purchase wigs.
"It’s so beyond just research," Dill said.
For more information about the Relay for Life, how to become a sponsor or to sign up for the Lonoke event, call 501-690-8538 or visit the website at RelayForLife.org/lonokear.
During the mayor’s update, Carlisle Mayor Ray Glover said the annual spring clean up is scheduled for May 5-9.
"This is a good opportunity for people to get rid of their junk," Glover said.
Glover said the same rules will apply as last year. There will be a designated location for tires to be deposited. Paint cans, chemicals, or mattresses will not be accepted.
The next Carlisle Chamber of Commerce meeting will be at noon on April 14. Anyone wanting to join the Chamber is invited to attend. Lunch will be provided for $5 per person.