BUCKHANNON — The P.E.O. Sisterhood, Chapter A of WV, recently sponsored their second annual designer purse bingo at The Event Center at Brushy Fork. The Philanthropic Educational Organization’s annual event aims to raise funds, helping those in need.
The highly attended event included a designer purse bingo, food, 50-50 raffles, and collection of canned food donations for the Parish House’s holiday meal baskets. The Parish House prepares holiday meal baskets every year for those in need; however, they also accept food donations year-round and provide regular community meals.
This massive band of sisters has a remarkable history of womanhood with advancement, education and motivation that dates way back to their founding date of January 21, 1869. A circle of seven kindred spirited students from Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, created the sisterhood fastened by their passion for women’s opportunities. The P.E.O. Sisterhood now brings together half a million women from the US and Canada with great enthusiasm for helping women and making a difference all over the world through deep support, education and motivation.
The Event Center was packed with approximately 400 friends and families, joined together for fun-filled games of bingo, with the chance to win designer purses from a line of leading brands like Coach, Kate Spade and Michael Kors. In exchange for donations of canned food, ladies were able to receive extra chances at winning some purses. Attendees were able to call in advance to reserve tables that held up to eight people.
Committee member Gini Jeran mentioned, “We sold out all our 350 tickets, making that a lot of cans for the Parish House. This is something that we aspire to do all the time to help families and those in need, along with being a huge encouragement for women, which is something very dear to our hearts.” Bingo players from all over brought close to 900 cans of food for Crosslines at the Parish House.
The P.E.O. Sisterhood, Chapter A of WV, does an outstanding job raising money for their projects and supporting the community. The philanthropic group of ardent women raised over $11,500 in contributions from bingo profits that will go towards their eight current projects. A couple of their many projects include the Star Scholarship for high school senior women pursuing post-secondary education at accredited institutions, and the Educational Loan Fund (ELF) which provides loans for women who desire higher education and are in need of financial assistance.
Another committee member, Robin Williams, spoke about P.E.O.’s college stating, “The organization has a college called the Cottey College, which is an independent, women’s liberal arts and sciences college that’s located in Nevada, Missouri that is operated by P.E.O. We also have grants for ladies who are from West Virginia for their first and second year as Cottey students.”
The P.E.O. Sisterhood has evolved immensely in recent generations and developed into a deliberately diverse, community-based organization, having an estimated 230,000 members with nearly 6,000 chapters in each of the 50 states, District of Columbia and six Canadian provinces.