ORONO – Many non-profits and organizations make their money from events throughout the year.. The American Legion Post 84 in Orono relies on Sunday bingo to make ends meet.
“That’s how we pay our bills is with our bingo,” said Larry Dorr, the commander of post 84. “Everybody loves our bingo.”
Because of COVID-19, the boards have been cleared and the games are put on pause. But the bills are still rolling in, according to Dorr.
“We pay out $3,000 a month easy here,” said Dorr. “There ain’t no money coming in. Just money coming out.”
Dorr said those bills include paying for licenses, which are around two to three hundred dollars a month. He also said those licenses can’t be used right now.
According to the commander, their post is receiving little guidance as to when and how bingo can resume.
“The governor has nothing to say on our bingo. The only one we heard from was the Gaming Control Board and he’s the one that told us no,” said Dorr.
The Gambling Control Unit is responsible for the enforcement of laws and rules regarding bingo and games of chance.
No one from the Gambling Control Board was available for a comment.
Dorr said he’s not even sure what his options are going forward.
“We don’t know where to get help or anything,” he said.
Post 84 has a plan in place to keep bingo players safe if they could start back up by putting two people at a table, each six feet apart.
As for now, he remains hopeful people can get back to yelling bingo soon.
“I keep getting calls from bingo players “When can we start bingo?” he said.