LizTech bingo pins hope for firefighters with fund-raising

Written by: Nikola Zugic on 17/03/2008 13:45

The LizTech bingo fundraiser was held at Portland Hook and ladder Company No. 1 on Saturday Feb. 16, 2008. A total of 182 men and women had participated in the event where instead of competing for money, the people here were competing for pins from LizTech.


It was in 1984 that the jewelry store and craft studio LizTech was founded on Crystal Street of East Stroudsburg, across Danbury Depot. Jill Elizabeth, a jewelry designer had founded it with her husband and business partner, Scott MacLaren.

A handful of artisans work at creating the jewelry sold here in a studio found above the showroom. The pins offered in the fundraiser were not made from expensive materials; however they were made from exquisite designs and craftsmanship with each piece costing between $40 - $100.

People always wait for hours for their annual half price sale, the Tea Party what is organized in November. So one wonders why they linked up with a volunteer fire company to organize a fundraising event of bingo.

It was the husband of a regular customer Nancy Knott of LizTech who thought of the idea. Steve Knott is a firefighter and since his wife loved LizTech jewelry, he thought they should organize a round of LizTech bingo to raise money for the operating costs of his volunteer fire company.

This company has no endowment and receives no money from the state. However it did receive $59,000 from the US Department of Homeland Security last year; but their regular method of raising money is through weekly bingo games.

LizTech bingo was a success where each participant paid $25 in advance and $30 at the door for a chance at winning a pin. With this bingo game, the fire Chief Jim Potter estimates that they had made $3,000.


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