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Bingo at Carpentersville VFW creates ‘family’ of fans

Maurice Joan Henninger Carpentersville enjoy playing bingo each week Carpentersville VFW. | ErSauder~For Sun-Times Media

Maurice and Joan Henninger of Carpentersville enjoy playing bingo each week at the Carpentersville VFW. | Erin Sauder~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: October 24, 2013 6:09AM



CARPENTERSVILLE — For years, dozens of folks have been spending their Wednesdays playing bingo at the Carpentersville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5915.

But it’s not just the love of the game that brings them back week after week. Many laud the kinship and support they’ve found in the group.

Sylvia Johnson of Sleepy Hollow has been coming since the game was first offered at the VFW in 1995.

“A friend of mine brought me here, but then she moved to Florida and I continued to come,” Johnson said. “I schedule myself off work so I can come here. It’s like a little family.”

She’s not the only one who extols the familial bonds that have been created. It’s a sentiment echoed by many of those sitting at the tables each Wednesday, bingo cards, bingo chips and ink blotters in front of them.

Carpentersville resident Eleanor Fye has also been coming since 1995.

“I really enjoy it here,” she said. “It’s like a little family.”

She thinks her work in accounting is what makes the game so enjoyable.

“I’ve just always liked working with numbers,” she said.

Carpentersville VFW 5915 member Elaine Slack said anywhere from 20 to 30 players show up each week to vie for the progressive jackpot. The group is eager to welcome new players.

“We would like to build up our bingo because we lost many of our players due to illness or death because of age,” Slack said. “Years ago we used to have anywhere from 40 to 60 players.”

Maurice and Joan Henninger of Carpentersville enjoy their Wednesdays at the VFW.

“We’re regulars,” Joan Henninger said. “We love the game. And this is like a second family.”

The money players pay to get in is set aside for the VFW’s scholarship programs.

Bingo begins at 11:30 a.m. every Wednesday at the VFW, 301 Lake Marian Road. Regular bingo is a minimum of $6, and additional games are available.

Lunch is also available for purchase.



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