Bingo License Signed but with more expense to the Center

MOREAU — The price of running bingo games is going up for the Moreau Community Center, but it has finally gotten approval for new volunteers to work the fundraiser.

Per state law, the center must add each new volunteer to its license and get the amended license approved by the Town Board. But the board has to certify that the volunteers are of good moral character and have not been convicted of a crime.

After the board refused to sign the license, because board members didn’t know the volunteers’ character or criminal background, the community center agreed to make changes.

 “Anybody we add to a license, we’re going to do the background check we do here for employees,” said Executive Director Donna Nichols.

That check, which doesn’t look at federal crimes but does include sex offenders, will cost $25 per volunteer.

The community center will pay that fee.

Then, once the list of volunteers is submitted to the town, the names will also be checked by the South Glens Falls Village Police. That check only searches the village arrest database.

“It’s not going to show one of the nation’s 10 most wanted,” Nichols said. “But I hope we don’t have any of them in our midst, and if we do, they are behaving themselves at bingo.”

The Town Board accepted the solution and has signed the amended license.

The community center runs bingo games as a weekly fundraiser to pay off a $633,000 loan after the center unwisely paid $800,000 for architectural drawings and other pre-construction costs for an elaborate new community center. It turned out to be far too expensive to be built, and the center is still paying off the cost of those plans 13 years later. It has $178,000 left on the loan.

“We’re looking at a little more cost. But we don’t really add that many volunteers all at once,” she said. “It might cost us $100 more a year.”

It’s not the only annoying rule she must follow for the fundraiser.

The center has to renew its bingo license every six months and send quarterly reports to the state. The reports have to list the number of games, the number of tickets (bingo boards) sold, and how much money was made, among other details.

 “It’s a pain in the neck. That’s bureaucracy for you,” Nichols said.

But it’s worth it. The center raises $20,000 a year from the bingo games and concessions sold during the events.

“It’s fantastic,” Nichols said.

The community loves the games. After news broke that the Town Board had not signed the license amendment last month, many residents approached Nichols with offers to help. They suggested writing letters to either the Town Board or to the state, which could perhaps be persuaded to loosen the rules.

Games are held nearly every Thursday, starting at 5:30 p.m., at St. Michael the Archangel Church, 80 Saratoga Ave, South Glens Falls. The cost for the first bingo ticket is $3, and the center offers specials for other tickets. There’s also a full concession stand.

“It’s a night out,” Nichols said.

 You can reach Kathleen Moore at 742-3247 or Follow her on Twitter @ByKathleenMoore or at her blog on

South High Marathon Dance support our Backpack Program

The Backpack Program at the Moreau Community Center is part of a nationwide drive to help alleviate child hunger by discreetly providing hungry children with backpacks full of nutritious and easy to prepare food on Friday afternoons to sustain them throughout the weekend.

In 2017, our program dispensed over 4800 backpacks equaling 14,400 meals to students identified in our S.G.F. School District. This no doubt is a huge undertaking with funding exceeding $20,000 yearly.

In 2018, the South High Marathon Dance has chosen to fully fund this vital program; allowing us to continue making a dent in childhood hunger in our community. Partnerships like these are the backbone of a strong community. You too, can help by supporting the many events and fundraisers in honor of the S.H.M.D.


Click the link below to see the list of events:

What do they eat over the summer?


Through our Backpack program we serve up to 120 children weekly during the school year with weekend food.  Recipients are identified through the school administration and usually these children are also recipients of the free and/reduced lunch program.  During the school year these children have this program to assist them with food where they otherwise may not have any.

The question is what do they do over the summer? 

The Center also maintains an emergency food pantry to which during our summer months we see increases in the numbers using our Food Pantry.  Those dollars that families have for their food bill now have to stretch for their school age children who are now home for the summer, 3 meals a day – 7 days a week.  This is a challenge for our under resourced families already stretching their budget dollars.


We are starting this initiative for a 10 week period this summer to help provide a nutritional bagged lunch for children in need. Working collaboratively with the SGF School District to spread the word, grow awareness and let the children know they are welcome for their free lunch.  Starting June 26th, volunteers will be preparing and serving a ‘grab-n-go bagged lunch.  All children under the age of 18 are welcome to pick up their free lunch from the Center between the hours of 11am – 1pm.  They are welcome to take their lunch or stay to enjoy the company of others, play games or take part in other free programs we will have to offer.  Special tickets will be given for each child who attends to put in for a drawing on Friday for a special surprise.

Support for this program will enable us to provide the lunch for our onsite location this summer with hopes to expand in future summers to deliver lunches to parks and neighborhoods where the children play and live.


Volunteers will be schedule to work from 10am – 2pm, one day a week, Monday – Friday.  Volunteer groups and individuals will prepare and pack the lunches for that day, serve, clean up and prepare for the next days menu.


$4 will sponsor one lunch for one child for one day; $20 will sponsor one child for one week;  $200 will sponsor one child for 10 weeks.  Based on figures shared from other organizations that hold similar programs, we anticipate the 2017 Summer Lunch Bunch Program to cost approximately $8000.  Any and all amounts are appreciated.


To volunteer, support or have further questions, please contact Kelly Obermayer, 792-6007 ext 16 or

Moreau Community Center 
144 Main Street
SGF, NY 12803