OUTlandish Bingo a success in downtown Parkersburg

Photo provided Calling numbers for the OUTlandish Bingo on July 22 are mistress of ceremonies Lucy Lipps, left, and volunteer Nathan Settle, right.

PARKERSBURG — The OUTlandish Bingo event at the Dils Center was a sold-out success, according to organizers.

On July 22, the Dils Center was host to the first OUTlandish Bingo event, which had more than 300 people in attendance for the combination bingo and show, which featured 12 performers from Parkersburg and across the region.

Local entertainer Lucy Lipps was the mistress of ceremonies for the sold-out event.

“We are beyond thrilled with the turnout and the community’s positive reception. We are already planning our next events,” said Cammy Murray, president of Parkersburg Pride, the recipient organization of the event’s proceeds. The event was sponsored by Planned Parenthood South Atlantic.

Local businesses and citizens donated prizes ranging from free services to gift baskets for bingo and raffle winners. Organizers of the event were pleased to be able to use local small business owners for the venue, catering and supplies. Chef Tere Clegg of Mango Latin Bistro provided catering.

“The event was a wonderful evening, seeing everyone having fun and enjoying themselves. The staff and I were glad to be there to support the community,” Clegg said.

Morgan Stubbe of the Dils Center was also pleased with the success of the event.

“OUTlandish Bingo is our largest event to date. Seeing that great turnout, especially in support of a local organization like Parkersburg Pride, was truly inspiring. It shows there is a need for these one-of-a-kind events, and I’m glad our historic location played host,” Stubbe said.

Jennifer Bryant is a board member of the Parkersburg Pride organization and served as chair of OUTlandish Bingo. She was happy with the way the event came together. More than 20 members of the organization worked throughout the week to decorate and prepare for the night, as well as working the floor during the event itself, Bryant said.

Parkersburg Pride looks forward to continuing to serve the entire community of Parkersburg and surrounding areas through sponsoring events and programs that enrich the Parkersburg community and affirm the value of LGBTQ+ people in that community, Murray said. The organization is working on upcoming social and educational events. The group holds monthly meetings open to the public and can be found on social media and at parkersburgpride.org.