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They spell bingo C-O-A-C-H: Foundation hosts purse fundraiser

Farmington Area Education Foundation will host a Coach Purse Bingo fundraiser to benefit local schools. Organizers Mary Treakle and Christy Henderson are organizing the meal event where Coach designer purses will be awarded to bingo winners. Kara Hildreth / Contributor

A woman can never own too many fashionable purses or pocketbooks.

An upcoming Coach Purse BINGO fundraiser hopes to meet the demand and line the pockets of Farmington Area Education Foundation.

Board Chair Mary Treakle and Secretary Christy Henderson are having fun planning this new fundraiser that they hope could become a annual event.

"For me, the biggest philosophy is you we are helping all the schools, and not that I am helping my school and you are helping your school, but let's help the greater picture and try to do more to benefit more," Treakle said.

The mission of Farmington Area Education Foundation is to support and enhance innovative educational opportunities by fostering community involvement and financial support for students in ISD 192.

"Over the course of those years, the foundation has supported grants that have been given to every school and Wee Tigers," Henderson said, referrng to the district preschool.

District staff can apply for FAEF grants. Last year the awards totaled nearly $10,000.

Some grant monies purchased canoes and equipment for the high school Outdoor Club, some paid for a 3-D printer and covered the cost to develop an outdoor space and alternative learning environments, while some dollars purchased ukuleles for music classes.

"We supported the One Book, One Farmington the first year and grant funds paid for makerspaces at Riverview and Farmington High School," Henderson said.

"More than one year, it was used for all the media centers that wanted money for E-books and they all collaborated together, and we liked that because you are not reinventing the wheel but you are actually working together with other schools," Treakle said.

This purse bingo event will be the organization's main fundraiser this year. In past years, the FAEF hosted a Blue Jeans Ball fundraiser and a Tiger Fun Run.

The bingo event will give away 10 designer handbags with a total value of $4,000.

The event can welcome up to 300 people and guests can come play bingo without dining. People are encouraged to sign up early.

"Alibi Drinkery is providing the food and generously giving a portion of sales back to the Farmington Area Education Foundation and the more money we make, the more grants we can give," Henderson said.

The event will also have fun drawings to offer a chance to win an orange-trimmed Coach purse to show Tiger Pride, a high school parking pass, an athletic pass and other giveaways.

To obtain tickets, check out or connect on the group's Facebook or event page.

Advance admission and meal tickets can be purchased during regular business hours at Alibi Drinkery or email

The foundation is always looking for new volunteer members to join the group.

"We would love to have a representative from every school — that would be awesome," Treakle said.

If you go ...

What: Coach Purse BINGO

Who: Farmington Area Education Foundation

When: 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23

Where: St. Michael’s Church, 22120 Denmark Ave., Farmington

Cost: Advance tickets $20; $25 at the door.

How: To purchase advance meal tickets, go to