Gay Bingo Moves to New, Bigger Venue

Gay Bingo, a summertime fundraising event for Palmetto Community Care, returns on Thursday, August 15th at a new venue. This year, the event will be held at the Charleston Convention Center in North Charleston, allowing for more attendees.

This year’s theme is the Mad Hatter’s Ball, and costumes are encouraged. Patti O’Furniture is back as the event hostess, ready to call out bingo numbers and keep the audience entertained. Bingo winners will be treated to prize packages valued in the hundreds of dollars each.

New to Gay Bingo is the Divine Divas initiative. Those selected will be transformed into drag stars for the night and will help Palmetto Community Care raise money for its programs and services. Participants should be willing to commit to at least three of the dance sessions beginning July 17th to learn the choreography for the performance at Gay Bingo. Divine Divas will get help selecting an outfit along with makeup and style tips. All participants should be ready to have fun for a great cause and commit to raising at least $100. This new way to be a part of Gay Bingo is open to all; those interested should apply online here.

Gay Bingo - "where a winner is never a straight line and everyone has a ball" - benefits Palmetto Community Care in its work helping those living with HIV in the Charleston region while providing free HIV testing, education, and prevention resources.

“We have sold out Gay Bingo every year since its inception, and we knew we had to move to a bigger space to keep growing this fabulous event,” Jason Kirk, director of development & marketing for Palmetto Community Care, said. “This year’s theme is a perfect blend of fun and camp, and I can’t wait to see costumes inspired by Alice in Wonderland and all the amazing hats that are sure to be showstoppers.”

The event is 6 pm - 10 pm on Thursday, August 15th at the Charleston Convention Center. General admission tickets are $30 in advance through June 30th, $40 during the month of July, and $50 starting August 1st. Tickets include bingo and entertainment. Food will be available for purchase along with a cash bar will be available.

VIP tickets include a pre-event VIP reception at 5 pm with complimentary champagne, premium seating, and a free drink ticket. VIP tickets are $50 in advance through June 30th, $60 during the month of July, and $75 starting August 1st.

Reserved tables are available ranging from $600 to $1,800. For more details and to purchase tickets, visit


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