Bell County Junior League

From left, Stacie Bratton, Lacy Adams, Christina McLaughlin, Holly Steele, Nikki Morrow, Kristen Seholm, Megan White, Amber Houmes, Kellie Tiner at a Bell County Junior League gathering.

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Local bingo halls raise $28,000 for West firefighters

Bingo Enterprises of Killeen recently raised $28,379.56 for the West Texas Volunteer Fire Department. These funds were raised on June 1, as they pledged all the proceeds from their eight bingo halls on that day to be dedicated to help the West Volunteer Fire Department recoup some of the equipment lost during the explosion on April 17.

The participating bingo halls included Red Man Bingo, Playland Bingo, Charity Bingo, and 48 Bingo, all of Killeen, Charity #1 Bingo & Charity #2 of Copperas Cove, Charity #4 Bingo of Georgetown and The Bingo Barn of Bryan.

The fundraiser was part of a statewide effort involving other bingo operations. On Tuesday, a celebration is planned at 7 p.m. the West Volunteer Fire Department, 111 South Reagan St. in West, to present contributions totaling approximately $65,000 from Texas charitable bingo organizations.

Junior League hands out awards at dinner

On May 7, the Junior League of Bell County held its annual dinner and awards ceremony. The event celebrated the successes of the 2012-2013 league year and honored some members for their years of service and dedication. It also marked the beginning of the 2013-2014 league year with an announcement of the incoming board of directors and committee members.

Five active members who have served the league for seven or more years were recognized as new sustaining members: Rebecca Adam, Audrey Arnold, Heather Bossen, Brittany Belson Copland, Christina Marshall and Amy McLane. Each new sustainer was presented with a bouquet of flowers as their accomplishments.

Megan White was named active of the year thanks to her efforts to grow and promote Project Prom, one of the league’s community service projects. In conjunction with Project Prom, Cinderella Couture was honored as the community partner of the year in thanks for their donations and support of the project. The outstanding leadership award was given to Nikki Morrow who has shown leadership and service to JLBC’s numerous community projects as this year’s community council vice president. The rosie award, which is given to a member who is dedicated to the success of the Second Hand Rose (JLBC’s resale store and largest community outreach program) went to Theresa Casey. Pam Lanham received the cornerstone award, which recognizes a member who is considered to be part of the foundation of the league and a source of strength and support for others. New members of the year were Amber Hoelscher (fall) and Ashley Allshouse (spring). Suzy Adams was awarded sustainer of the year. The recipient of the Amy Thomas visionary award is honored for progressive thinking and working with JLBC’s future in mind, and this year’s award went to Amber Houmes, JLBC’s incoming president. Holly Steele, JLBC’s outgoing president, was honored for her year of service and dedication to the league with the president’s outstanding leadership award.

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— Compiled by M. Clare Haefner

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