The Nineteenth Century Club & The Nineteenth Century Charitable Association - Learning and Giving: Our Focus

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Date: March 7, 2013 08:00 pm to 09:30 pm




Bingo at the Nineteenth Century Club?  Now that is something its members never expected to be one of their offerings to the community.  It will continue every first and third Thursday of each month.

You might ask why did the Nineteenth Century Club board decide to take this course of action.  The simple answer is PROPERTY TAXES.   In October 2008, much to their surprise, the Nineteenth Century Club building received an $89,000 tax bill.  This nonprofit organization had never paid property taxes before.  Taxes were a new added expense and a huge one.  NIneteenth Century Club board members were able to negotiate some reduction and currently their tax bills are $69,000 per year.

The Board of the Nineteenth Century Club had a decision to make.  Did they want to keep and preserve this historic building or sell it.  They only had enough dollars to continue their current charitable activities and maintain the building, not pay this huge tax bill.  They decided to keep and maintain their lovely historic building.   That means they had to find ways to bring in revenues that would be provide ongoing  new sources of income.  Some of that will come with creative rental of their building space.  But they needed something else.   After much research, Mila Tellez, their 2010-2012 president decided that BINGO could provide that  added income.  The Board agreed.

Currently there are no Bingo games scheduled regularly in Oak Park.  Thursday was chosen because it seems to be an evening  that  lacks games in our surrounding community.  This would be fun ongoing activity  new to the many in our community with the added benefit of contributing to the preservation of an Oak Park Historic Building.

So come and explore the fun of Bingo.  And remember while you are doing this you will help keep a lovely historic building in our community.