TORONTO – The Toronto Daughters of Penelope (DOP) hosted their second Virtual Bingo Fundraiser via Zoom on February 6. With great success from their first event hosted in January, the chapter decided to host a Pre-Super Bowl bingo night, hosting players from Canada and the United States.
Their bingo caller from the first game, Gloria Heropoulos brought even more to the liveliness to the game, inviting a special guest caller Fillis Paraskevopoulos. “Their banter back and forth throughout the night was funny and brought so much joy to everyone,” the Chapter said in a statement via email, adding that “the energy stayed unmatched and engaged everyone.”
Like the first event, there were three games played, all with different patterns. The first game played was the letter “L”, the second was in the shape of a field goal, keeping the football theme relevant, and the last game was a “coverall”. Winners of the games were eligible to win pre-paid visa cards valued at $50.
The first game ended in a tie between Maids of Athena (MOA) District 23 Marshall Christina Heropoulos and AHEPA District 6 Secretary Chris Pappis. “To break the tie, both players played one single line in any direction, and the first to bingo, won,” the Chapter noted, adding that “it felt like time had stopped as the game had gone head-to-head, however, Heropoulos was victorious and won a $50 pre-paid visa gift card but chose to donate it to her home MOA chapter in Toronto Venus Chapter #13.”
The last game was won again by Heropoulos and she chose to donate it back to the game to let another player have the chance to win. The final winner was Eleni Agas from Toronto, who also chose to donate it back to her respective chapter, the Toronto DOP Mycenae Chapter #220.
Proceeds from the event will benefit various charities that the chapter supports. We were honored to have DOP Past Canadian President Terri Efston, District 23 Governor Dr. Xanthe Vafopoulou, Treasurer and Past Canadian President Betty Drakontaidis, Past Canadian AHEPA President Tony Mavromaras, AHEPA Region 3 Past Supreme Governor George Karatzia, AHEPA District 6 Secretary Chris Pappis, and MOA District 23 Marshall Christina Heropoulos.
“This year has been incredibly difficult in raising funds for our various chapter projects, but we are incredibly grateful to have the support from our members in the DOP and AHEPA,” the Chapter stated, adding that “without their continued support we would not have the virtual turnout that we do.”