Seating capacity, 125. Number of bingo junkies hoping for a jackpot payout? The manager at Christian's Tailgate in The Heights had to cut it off at 200 Thursday night.
Anyone who questions whether blending bingo and Cinco de Mayo can woo young professionals with a penchant for supporting health matters has never set foot inside a "Cinco de Bingo" debauchery.
Hosted by Scrubs, a group of dapper twenty and thirtysomethings who believe in the values of the Harris County Hospital District Foundation, this second annual south-of-the-border gambling fiesta had the back room of the bar packed, standing room only, with revelers itching to holler bingo.
Co-chairs Caroline Baum and Juliana Rabe helped raise $12,000 to sponsor a waiting room in the new Pediatric and Adolescent Health Center — Bear Creek.
Maybe it was bingo caller John Athon or Scrubs president Katherine Plumb's intro chat — she reminded guests of the 1.3 million uninsured, that 20 percent of children don't have insurance and that 500,000 remain underinsured in Harris County— that had players fighting fiercely for weekend getaways, staycations and fashion accessories.
Taquitos, mozzarella sticks, wieners and chips and salsa were in high demand, testing the speed of the sports bar's cooks and servers.
When all the bingo cards were spoken for, co-chairs Caroline Baum and Juliana Rabe helped raise $12,000 to sponsor a waiting room in the new Pediatric and Adolescent Health Center — Bear Creek.
Seen with daubers in hand were Andrew Abendshein, John Plumb, Libba Blalock, Matthew and Lacey Fluor Goosen, Taylor Liedtke and Devon Myers, Lloyd French, Nicole Laurent Romano, Jamie Glover Dabbs, Lloyd Conaway, Tiffanie and Tony Villasana, Ben Newman and Tom Broughton.