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BATON ROUGE- East Baton Rouge Council on Aging is opening up a bingo hall to support local non-profit organizations devoted to helping the elderly. 

Many seniors play bingo at the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging but next week there will be a new and bigger facility, and the money generated by the games will serve a very special purpose.

"We have so many seniors that are neglected," said Gloria Carter, who plays Bingo at the council. "Some families don't always help, but just knowing that you have that availability to be able to give back to the people that work hard and can't do it anymore."

The money will be used to help programs devoted to senior citizens like Meals on Wheels, which currently has more than 1,400 people on its waiting list.

Although gambling is illegal under the law, council leaders said they are able to run the bingo hall because it'll raise money for non-profit organizations in a charitable way.

"What we're doing is called charitable gaming because all the money will benefit charity or benefit people of low income families or people who have issues medical or whatever, said Tasha Clark-Amar Executive Director of Council on Aging. "This is just an opportunity. It's a fundraising vessel to help support those that need help."

Capital City Bingo will have its grand opening on Monday from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. on Florida Boulevard. There normal hours will run from Monday- Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday from 1 p.m.-7 p.m. It's $8 dollars for senior citizens and $10 for anyone else.

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