Bingo ben­e­fits cen­ter

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - OUT TOWN - — CARIN SCHOPPMEYER CSCHOPPMEYER@NWADG.COM

The sixth an­nual “Beach Bingo Bash” to ben­e­fit the El­iz­a­beth Richard­son Cen­ter will be July 29 at the Hil­ton Gar­den Inn in Fayet­teville. The evening will in­clude bingo games, with prizes for the win­ners, and food and drinks. Mansur Choudry, a na­tion­ally rec­og­nized ex­pert on autism, will be the evening’s fea­tured speaker.

The group serves chil­dren and adults with dis­abil­i­ties in Wash­ing­ton, Ben­ton and Madi­son coun­ties. For high school stu­dents and adults, the group pro­vides vo­ca­tional train­ing, job place­ment, com­mu­nity in­volve­ment and in­de­pen­dent liv­ing op­tions.

Of­fer­ings for preschool chil­dren, ages 6 weeks to 5 years, at the Child Devel­op­ment Cen­ters in­clude speech, phys­i­cal and oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pies. The cen­ters are in Farm­ing­ton, Fayet­teville, Huntsville, Spring­dale and Siloam

Springs. The cen­ter in Spring­dale pro­vides for ser­vices for His­panic and Mar­shallese fam­i­lies.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion also op­er­ates Richard­son In­dus­tries, which em­ploys adults with dis­abil­i­ties who pro­vide con­tract ser­vices such pack­ag­ing, assem­bly, light re­pair, sort­ing and la­bel­ing for busi­nesses.

FILE PHOTO

Ally MacQuilkan (left), a vol­un­teer with the El­iz­a­beth Richard­son Cen­ter soft­ball team, high-fives Tay­lor Dark dur­ing a 2013 soft­ball game at J.B. Hunt Park in Spring­dale. The “Beach Bingo Bash” on July 29 will ben­e­fit chil­dren and adults with dis­abil­i­ties the or­ga­ni­za­tion serves in Wash­ing­ton, Ben­ton and Madi­son coun­ties.

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