In 2006, the Senior Center of West Seattle launched a new fundraising event. It would feature classic Bingo, drag queens, music, food, drinks and a new way to support our community’s seniors. Rainbow Bingo was an immediate hit.
A big reason for the event’s long-time success has been the dedication and talent of emcee Sylvia O’Stayformore. Sylvia’s mission from the beginning has been to rally our supporters for a good cause, create a fun atmosphere and support the LGBTQ+ community.
Rainbow Bingo has been a bedrock event for the Senior Center for the past 15 years. It brings together people of all ages and backgrounds and introduces many new supporters to the Senior Center. It has even been replicated at dozens of other senior centers and churches around the region.
In December, we welcomed Rainbow Bingo back to the Senior Center after a pandemic pause. With a smaller-than-normal group of attendees (to ensure distancing), we reached a major milestone that night. Since its start, Rainbow Bingo has now raised $1 million to support the Senior Center’s operations. To everyone who has attended Rainbow Bingo over the years, a big thank-you for your support.