The Education Foundation of BCPS, Inc. held its inaugural Designer Bag BINGO fundraising event on January 25 at Tall Cedars of Lebanon North America in Parkville. The event was sold out, and the evening was a resounding success!

Nearly 500 Champions of Education and Friends of The Foundation/Team BCPS joined in the fun and played BINGO to win designer handbags, raffle baskets, door prizes, and the chance to win the 50/50 raffle, which had a pot of more than $1,200!

The sold-out Designer Bag BINGO fundraising event attracted nearly 500 participants and raised more than $20,000.

More than $20,000 was raised and will go directly to supporting the students, teachers, and schools of BCPS by ensuring the foundation has the funds to keep the Exchangeree: Gizmos and Gadgets Galore centers stocked with school supplies, classroom resources, and other items to support the academic, social-emotional, and physical well-being of our community members.

A special thank you to our Master of Ceremonies, Jim Longenecker, a foundation board member, who called 20 regular games, three special games, and made announcements throughout the evening, despite being on call for the potential birth of his fifth grandbaby! (His fourth granddaughter arrived on Saturday morning with everyone doing great.)

Thank you to our sponsors, donors, volunteers, and participants!

Thank You, Signature Sponsors!

Chick-Fil-A, Cigna, & Merrit Companies

Thank You, Trendsetting Sponsors!

American Design Associates, Carroll Manor Elementary School PTA, Compass Home Group, Connect Wealth, Dinkel Business Development, Future Makers, Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors, Horace Mann, John Evans Recruiting, Media Star Promotions, Michael Phelps Foundation, James Longenecker, Padonia, PJ Mitchell, RetireeFirst, Raven’s Roost 52, Rosedale Federal Savings & Loan Association, TABCO, and the Baseball Warehouse

Trendsetting Special Game Sponsors | First Financial Federal Credit Union, Lawyers Express Title, and Main Street Home Loans

Thank You, Fashionable Sponsors!

Fashionable Early Bird Game Prize Sponsor | Horace Mann

Fashionable Door Prize Sponsors | Carroll Manor Elementary School PTA, John Evans Recruiting, and Raven’s Roost 52

Fashionable 2nd Place Prize Sponsors | Karen Grannas, The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools, Inc., Board of Directors, and the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

Fashionable Refreshment Sponsors | Douron and MK Consulting Engineers LLC.

Fashionable Decor Sponsor | James Longenecker

Fashionable Last Chance Prize Sponsor | GWWO Architects

Thank You, Donors!

Champion Donors | Brittany Zink, Gwendolyn Wheatley, Marianne Thomas, and Sharon Bass

In-Kind Champions | Advance Business Systems – Kristin Huber Townsend, Alyssa Sooklal, Bolero, CIGNA, CIGNA Medicare, Cindy Jones, Connect Wealth – Gregory Karanzalis, Deborah Phelps, Jamie Bakert, Monster Indoor Golf – Towson, RetireeFirst, Smyth Jewelers, The Crayola Experience, Tieks Shoes, Timmy Ruppersberger, Wegmans, and Weis Supermarket

A sampling of the Designer Bag BINGO winners


If you were unable to attend this year’s Designer Bag BINGO fundraising event, we will return again on Thursday, January 30, 2025, with the inclement weather date being Thursday, February 6, 2025. We look forward to you joining us at Tall Cedars of Lebanon North America in Parkville, where the foundation will put the "fun" in "fun"draising.

Contact Us to Become an Education Champion for BCPS

The Education Foundation of BCPS, Inc. Headquarters

105 W. Chesapeake Avenue | Suite B-1

Towson, Maryland 21204

443.809.8962 Headquarters

667.208.0199 Mobile

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