What is Arms Around Bainbridge?
Wanted to make my first post (!) about Arms Around Bainbridge and the amazing Bingo fundraiser I attended on Saturday February 2nd. Started in 2007, Arms Around Bainbridge “began with seven friends, a thirty mile swim around Bainbridge Island and one goal: To provide financial and emotional support to a friend as she battled ovarian cancer.”
After meeting their goal, and helping their friend, Arms Around Bainbridge realized there were more people on Bainbridge Island dealing with a life-threatening illness and in need of assistance so they’ve expanded their fundraising to year round. To date, Arms Around Bainbridge has raised and disbursed over $500,000 through events that include the annual 30 mile swim, bingo night and more.
At this year’s Bingo night, Arms Around Bainbridge (AAB) raised over $70k. Events included group Bingo (of course!), drop the ping pong ball and pantyhose bowling; I’d love to explain the last two but you just have to be there. We also had an opportunity to meet a cancer survivor who received not only financial assistance and support from AAB but also received help wading through piles of medical forms and statements.