Royal Suites hosts senior bingo bonanza

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From left, Diane and George Herse of Mays Landing and Andrea Vivian of Galloway prepare for bingo. GALLOWAY – At Royal Suites they played a game, and bingo was its name. Oh.

More than 50 bingo players took part in a series of games Thursday, Sept. 6 at Royal Suites Health Care & Rehabilitation, 214 W. Jimmie Leeds Road.

Eight were patients at Royal Suites and seven more were transported to bingo by Caring, Inc. for the evening.

Diane Conover, a registered nurse and sales/marketing director at Royal Suites, gave the crowd a few “commercials” for upcoming events at the care center as well as keeping things moving when people had problems hearing the numbers as called.

Lori Dunleavy spoke for New York Life.

But mostly it was old friends chatting about this and that. Some knew residents at Royal Suites, some didn’t.

“It’s good for our patients to be able to socialize,” Conover said. “They eat in their rooms before coming out for the games.”

Outside guests ate in the recreation room prior to blotting bingo cards with merriment.

Dinner was free. Chicken parmesan with pasta and salad  touched all the major food groups.

Andrea Vivian of Galloway said she knew some ladies from lunches at the Senior Center at Absecon United Methodist Church.

“We see each other all the time,” she said. “We always like to go places and do things together.”

George and Diane Herse came from Mays Landing.

“I’m having a great time,” George Herse said. “The food was really good.”

He works in the cat room at the Atlantic Club in Atlantic City.

“We’ll go anywhere,” his wife said. “We come here and always feel welcome.”

Carol Trimble of Pleasantville said she was enjoying herself.

“I heard about it from Andrea,” she said. “Dinner’s really good.”

Vivian said that free events for seniors are good for the community at large.

“It’s nice that we have places to go that don’t cost a lot,” she said. “It’s not easy for some of us to get out. Royal Suites is always accommodating with the community at large.”

She said she brings people from church as well as the senior center.

“We always have a good time together,” she said. “Sometimes we meet people at dinner and by the time bingo starts we’re all good friends.

“Adults only” bingo has been a boon for Royal Suites.

“We were sold out before I even got a chance to send something to the paper,” said Conover, known for being available 24/7. “I love working with these groups. They’re mostly seniors. They just carry on with each other. We give prizes, but the socializing is more important to them than the game.”

Diane and George Herse of Mays Landing are ready for dinner.

Andrea Vivian of Galloway and Carol Trimble of Pleasantville enjoy some pre-meal chatter.

Guests ready to play bingo at Royal Suites.

Lori Dunleavy of New York Life describes one of her firm’s products.

Diane Conover tells about good times to come at Royal Suites.

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