Category "Fundraising"

Virtual “Blingo” fund-raiser to take place in April

March 18, 2021

People who enjoy the excitement of a daily prize drawing may want to take part in the fifth annual Sassy Baggs & Beyond “Bingo” fundraising event to benefit people with disabilities.

Typically for the Blingo event, more than 120 people gather at The Resource Center for a night of bingo, with designer handbags as prizes.  That wasn’t possible this year because of the pandemic, so instead organizers have created a “20 Prizes in 20 Days” event.

Every weekday starting April 5 and lasting through the end of the month, Filling the Gap, Inc., will hold a drawing for one of 20 prizes.  The prizes include handbags, gift cards, a smart speaker, an air purifier, a wireless charging station, a blender, windchimes, and an air fryer.  All of the prizes can be viewed at

“Our 2021 Blingo event has taken the fun to another level,” said Victoria Trass Bardo, Development and Events Manager.  “The details are 20 prizes, 20 tickets for $20 for 20 days of fun.  We included items that are unique and a wide variety that surely has something for everyone.  Winners will be selected at noon each day on Facebook live.”

A $20 ticket gives the buyer one chance in each of the daily drawings.  People can improve their odds of winning by buying multiple tickets.  Tickets can be bought online at the Filling the Gap web site or in person at the Felice Corporate Center, 92 Fairmount Avenue in Jamestown, and The Resource Center’s administrative offices at 200 Dunham Avenue in Celoron.  Tickets can be purchased until March 31.

The Blingo event is being organized by Filling the Gap, which works with The Resource Center to improve the lives of people with disabilities in Chautauqua County.  Proceeds will benefit the Mark Pacheco WOW (Working on Wonders) Fund at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.  The WOW Fund, which was created in memory of a Resource Center employee who died in 2010, supports people with disabilities to enjoy awesome experiences.

Click here to listen to a radio interview about our Blingo event.  For more information, phone Vicky at 661-1477.

Filling the Gap officials pose with tickets and prizes for this year’s Blingo fund-raiser. Pictured are, from left, Ashley Hammond, Human Resources/Payroll Supervisor; Cindy Hitchcock, Vice President of Business and Finance; Victoria Trass Bardo, Development and Events Manager; and Kayla Bohall, Payroll/Special Event Assistant.

Fund-raiser to benefit WOW Fund

August 25, 2020

Pictured from left are Dan Hocking, co-owner of ACME The Appliance Store; Steven Rodgers, who was able to attend a Buffalo Bills game thanks to the WOW Fund; and Marcos Figueroa, who was the driving force in creating the WOW Fund.

The pandemic has forced the cancellation of this year’s Mark Pacheco WOW Fund Lip Sync Battle fund-raiser, but area residents still have an opportunity to support the fund.

The sixth annual Lip Sync Battle had been scheduled to take place in August at the Celoron Legion.  Because the popular event draws a standing-room-only audience of several hundred people, organizers decided to cancel this year’s contest to avoid the possibility of spreading the virus.

As a way to generate money to partially replace the revenues that will be lost by not having a Lip Sync Battle, there will be a drawing for a Samsung television.  The TV was donated by ACME The Appliance Center of Jamestown.

“We are very thankful for The Resource Center and the positive impact they have on our community,” said Dan Hocking, who with his wife, Beth, owns ACME.  “We are pleased to help in a small way with this 55-inch, high-definition TV donation to help raise money for the WOW Fund.  The Resource Center makes a difference in people’s lives on a daily basis, and we are happy to support their efforts.”

The Mark Pacheco WOW (Working on Wonders) Fund awards money to people with special needs so they can do things they may not otherwise be able to afford, such as attend a sporting event or a concert, or take a vacation.  The fund is administered by Filling the Gap, Inc., which works with The Resource Center to support people with disabilities in Chautauqua County.

The fund was created in memory of Pacheco, an employee of The Resource Center who died in 2010 of injuries sustained in an altercation on a Jamestown street.  Pacheco’s family and friends suggested the establishment of the WOW Fund as a tribute to him and to create something positive from his death.

The drawing for the TV will take place September 15.  For information on how to enter the drawing, phone 661-1477.  Proceeds will be directed to The Resource Center’s Mark Pacheco WOW Fund at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.