Altrusa International of Warsaw club members are shown celebrating with ‘President Abe’ after their club won the Mamie L. Bass Service Award. The club members were attending the annual Altrusa International District Six Conference May 3 in Springfield, Ill., where the winner was announced during the awards luncheon. Shown (L to R) are Martie Lennane, Sue Creighton, ‘President Abe’ and Susan Woodward. Photo Provided
Altrusa International of Warsaw club members are shown celebrating with ‘President Abe’ after their club won the Mamie L. Bass Service Award. The club members were attending the annual Altrusa International District Six Conference May 3 in Springfield, Ill., where the winner was announced during the awards luncheon. Shown (L to R) are Martie Lennane, Sue Creighton, ‘President Abe’ and Susan Woodward. Photo Provided
Altrusa International of Warsaw Inc. was awarded the Altrusa International District Six Mamie L. Bass Service Award at the District’s Annual Conference held recently in Springfield, Ill.
Club President Sue Creighton, mmediate past President Susan Woodward and membership Chair Martie Lennane accepted the award on behalf of the local club’s members.
The award was presented for the club’s efforts and achievements in service for their coordination of the 2013 “Bingo for Beaman Home” event held each October during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Club members secure bingo and door prizes, arrange publicity, prepare the meal and coordinate volunteers from the Beaman Home board and committees and local Kohls Cares community team members. Over 40 local businesses and individuals contribute bingo and door prizes. There are also 50/50 and prize basket raffles.
Last October’s event raised nearly $7,000 and all proceeds from the bingo event benefit the programs and services of the Beaman Home.  
The 2014 event will be held Oct. 16 at the Center Lake Pavilion in Warsaw.
The Beaman Home has served the community’s domestic violence victims and their dependent children since 1985. Altrusa International of Warsaw founded the Beaman Home and continues to support the organization financially and through volunteerism.
More information about Altrusa International and the local Club may be found at www.altrusa.org or by visiting Altrusa-Warsaw on Facebook.   
Anyone interested in  learning more may also contact the club president, Sue Creighton, at sscreighton@earthlink.net or by calling 574-269-1170.