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Sold-Out Bingo Event Raises Nearly Half a Million Dollars for Child Abuse Victims

Anissa Munoz
by Anissa Munoz
October 27, 2015
Read time: 2 minutes

The 12th annual PlayBingo Ladies Luncheon presented by Lexus of Austin & Lakeway brought together friends and supporters of the Center for Child Protection for a common cause – ending the cycle of child abuse – and a common love – BINGO. The sold-out event held in the grand ballroom of the Hilton in downtown Austin raised a record-breaking $499,000 for child victims in the Austin community. KXAN’s Jim Spencer and Lexus of Austin & Lakeways’ Cassie LaMere emceed the event.

More than 1,000 guests arrived in unique PlayBingo fashion to play bingo, sip champagne and bid on more than 170 silent auction packages featuring eye-catching jewelry, designer handbags and a chance to enjoy dinner with Jack Gilmore of Jack Allen’s Kitchen. Each guest received a stylish bracelet of crystal and sterling silver that was hand strung by volunteers, while many of the guests also received fragrances, lotions and a variety of fabulous table prizes. Additionally, eight lucky bingo winners took home grand prizes including David Yurman jewelry and a cashmere poncho from The Boutique on Stonelake.* PlayBingo also gave attendees the opportunity to join the Center for Child Protection’s child abuse awareness campaign, Spot It. Stop It., by participating in a social photo booth. Each photo encourages viewers to learn the signs of abuse by visiting

The PlayBingo Ladies Luncheon is hosted by the Friends of Christopher Guild, an organization established out of the community’s despair, frustration and outrage over the death of two-year-old Christopher Wohlers. Formed in 1998 by concerned women and mothers, the Friends of Christopher Guild is committed to sustaining and expanding the safety net for abused children in Travis County through support of the Center for Child Protection.

“The Friends of Christopher Guild works tirelessly throughout the year to give these ladies an enjoyable day with great gifts all while giving back to the child victims in our community,” Vicki Tatelman, Friends of Christopher Guild President, said. “It’s such an amazing feeling to see the energy in the room and the drive these ladies have to give back and help raise child abuse awareness.”

*BINGO Prizes donated by: David Yurman, Diamonds Direct, Hilton Austin, KB Home, Lake Austin Spa, Neiman Marcus, Quarto Austin, The Boutique on Stonelake and The Domain.

Contact Info

Center for Child Protection
8509 FM 969, Building 2
Austin, Texas 78724

Phone: 512-472-1164
Fax: 512-472-1167

Anissa Munoz
About Anissa Munoz

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