(Seguin) -- Even serious bingo players are ready to forego the cash in order to take home a designer purse. Tickets are now on sale for the annual Guadalupe County Children's Advocacy Center Designer Purse Bingo. The bingo fundraiser will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Columbus Club of Seguin Hall, formerly the Knights of Columbus Hall.
Christy Williams, the executive director of the children's advocacy center, says a guaranteed 20 designer purses will go home with lucky individuals during this year's event.
"Our purse bingo is designed for non-bingo players and bingo players alike. We play 20 games of bingo. Each game ends in a designer purse being given away as the prize for the winner. We have all those games going on throughout the night as well as door prizes being given out between games and raffles of other purses, just a lot of excitement that goes along with that. You don't have to be an expert bingo player to keep up and have fun and get in the spirit of the night," said Williams.
Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door. She says as of today, more than 650 tickets have already been sold, with less than 100 more still available.
"The tickets get you one chance at every game so you get 20 game cards and then they also get you into a drawing for door prizes throughout the night and food at the event -- we're having pulled pork sliders and fruit and chips and all kinds of goodies and desserts and then also a drink ticket and you can go to the margarita machine as well," said Williams
Williams says thanks to those who donated the purses, all profits can go back into the operation and future of the non-profit agency.
"This fundraiser along with the one that we do in Schertz in May are both for operating the center. So these fundraisers help us keep the doors open, help us keep serving children day in and day out who are in a budget now of around $700,000. So these fundraisers really are integral to keeping everything moving, everything going for us. We have 10 full-time employees, who are professionals, fully trained people working with these kids that come to our doors every day. These fundraisers allow us to continue to do that work with them without charging families for any of the services that we provide," said Williams.
Pre-sale tickets can be purchased at the children's advocacy center or at Seguin Radio KWED. Doors open at 6 p.m. Thursday. Bingo players are also encouraged to bring and donate a new or gently used purse for the Women in Need Project.