By Kate Quesada

What could be better than a night of great entertainment for a great cause? The Riverview Women’s Club (RWC) has organized just that with its Drag Queen Bingo event taking place Thursday March 9, at The Regent in Riverview.

The evening of fun, which starts when doors open at 5:30 p.m., includes a catered dinner, cash bar, 10 games of bingo and entertainment from local business men and women in costume.

Funds from the event benefit the RWC’s Scholarship Fund, which last year gave five local students $1,000 scholarships.

“All the money raised at the event stays in the community to help students attend a school of higher education,” said Melissa Hartmann, RWC vice president. “This year we hope to be able to exceed last year’s five scholarships and be able to provide funds to a local woman who is hoping to go back to college.”
According to Hartmann, bingo winners will receive a prize from a local business including Pinot’s Palette, The Alley, Lu La Roe, The Osprey Observer and a variety of restaurants and spas.

As for the entertainment, Hartmann believes it is a show not to be missed.

“Some people squirm when they hear the words Drag Queen Bingo,” she said. “But ours is nothing like what they may think. Our participants are well respected business men and women who are very passionate about their community. They are continually giving back, even when that means wearing a dress.”

Tickets are available to the show for $40 a person or $350 for a table of eight. Dinner will be provided by Coastal Catering. Many sponsorship opportunities are still available for the event which is anticipated to attract more than 450 guests.

“The memories I have of my previous bingo nights are priceless,” said Hartmann, who is co-chairing the event with Robin Richter. “The show was fantastic. So fantastic that we raised just shy of $6,000 in four hours.”

For more information, call Hartmann at 833-7470. The Regent is located at 6437 Watson Rd. in Riverview. To purchase tickets, visit

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Kate Quesada is the Multimedia Manager for the Osprey Observer Newspapers. She has been working for the paper in various positions since 2005 when she graduated with her Masters degree in mass communications. She lives in Valrico with her husband Mike and son Dylan.