Margaret (Kwetet) Gardner Started bingo in the early 1970s in a small way and Rose Gardner was the bookkeeper. There was no set time to have one, just when someone suggested it. It was all volunteer work. The proceeds went to buy Christmas presents for the Anishinaabe children at both Eagle Lake and Eagle River.
Sometimes money was given for gas money for the Sunday School teachers. the more structured Bingo began at Eagle Lake in 1975. It is presently held from Wednesday to Saturday evenings and on Sunday afternoon. The Bingo offers subsidies to community programs to enhance their programming options. It also provides three salary full-time jobs as well as part-time employment for Bingo workers and Concession staff.
In addition to jobs, Bingo generates funding for the following:
To send children to the little NHL annually
To support the Eagle Lake annual traditional Pow Wow, which is held on August long weekend
To help out with medical expenses when the health program does not cover certain expenses
To assist with bereavement expenses
Used for school trips and for the purchase of library books for the school
For the purchase of screen doors for the elders
Fundraising for baseball, minor hockey and figure skating
Funding for the annual youth powwow, which is held on the May long weekend
Dryden Fall Fair
Student summer employment
New Year’s Eve party
Early birds are held prior to Bingo and volunteers work the early birds to help support whatever function is being fund-raised at a particular time.