Visitors to Wooton Park in Tavares will be hearing a lot of those sounds when Jones Brothers Air & Seaplane Adventures hosts the only seaplane bingo game in the country.
The one-of-a-kind fundraiser, scheduled for 1pm Saturday, March 30, was created to promote aviation interest and raise money for a $10,000 aviation scholarship. Bingo players can win vacation and seaplane prize packages if a “bingo ball” dropped from a seaplane lands in the square they purchased on a giant floating grid on Lake Dora.
The public can purchase squares at jonesairandsea.com/bingo. The cost of the squares depends on the prize you’re aiming for: three-night Bahamas vacation for two, $100 per square; seaplane bar-hopping trip for four, $50; Tavares Stay & Play package for two at Key West Resort, $25; seaplane lunch flight for two, $15; or the Jones Brothers Land & Sea package for two, $10.
Seaplane Bingo is Jones Brothers’ signature event, created to give back to Tavares, “America’s Seaplane City,” for all the support the city has given to the local company, according to Bridget Fitzpatrick, marketing director for Jones Brothers.
The floating grid serves as the bingo card. A Jones Brothers seaplane will fly over the squares and drop a bingo ball from the sky into the grid, which has 30 squares. Squares are sold for eight different games with each game’s prize being more extravagant than the last. With only 30 squares, a player has a good chance of winning a prize package, Bridget says.
Participants who purchase at least one square in each of the five games qualify for free entry into a bonus round that awards a Mount Dora Staycation for two at Lakeside Inn.
New this year is a Seaplane Bingo round just for the pilots attending the Seaplane-A-Palooza fly during the same weekend. That round will be sponsored by the city, with prizes in each square.
Proceeds from the event go to the Jones Brothers Aviation Scholarship awarded to a local high school senior. Organizers hope to raise enough money to award a $10,000 scholarship and then the Seaplane Pilots Association kicks in a Seaplane Rating valued at about $2,000. The goal is to get students interested in flying and keep the aviation talent in Tavares, Bridget says.
For full details, go to jonesairandsea.com/bingo.