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Sold-out Wild West Bingo Night Draws Community Support for MIND Research Institute

Matthew Peterson, Ph.D. with Matthew and Roberta Jenkins

Matthew Peterson, Ph.D. with Matthew and Roberta Jenkins at MIND Research Institute's Wild West Bingo Night

Giving our children math skills means opening doors to opportunity and success in the innovation economy.

More than 100 people gathered at Strawberry Farms Golf Club on January 22 to support math education through MIND Research Institute’s sold-out Wild West Charity Bingo Night. Proceeds from the event will support the social benefit organization’s mission to ensure that all students are mathematically equipped to solve the world’s most challenging problems.

Attendees dressed in chaps, boots and cowboy hats played 10 rounds of bingo called by Legendary Bingo's own Bingo Boy, Jeffrey Bowman. Between games, guests competed in math challenge bingo and issued warrants to send one another to be booked into the Wild West Jail. Drawings for donated prizes included give-aways of a golf package, tickets to musical theater, a flight simulator experience, original artwork and more. Humana Ahmed of Comerica won a MIND Research-facilitated Family Math Night at the school of her choice.

“Giving our children math skills means opening doors to opportunity and success in the innovation economy,” said Janine Ingram, Vice President of Philanthropy at MIND Research. “We’re grateful to our national sponsors and community friends who turned out to support math education while proving that playing with numbers is fun.”

Event sponsors included Bank of America, Comerica Bank, Gail and Jim Daniels, Pinnacle Consulting Group, Ann McDonald, Matthew and Roberta Jenkins Foundation, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

This was MIND’s second annual bingo night. The event is part of MIND’s MathMINDs Initiative to take math beyond the classroom and create a community around math appreciation. For more information about MathMINDs and to get involved, visit http://www.mindresearch.org/outreach/mathminds/.

MIND Research Institute
MIND Research Institute is a neuroscience and education social benefit organization, dedicated to ensuring that all students are mathematically equipped to solve the world’s most challenging problems. MIND's distinctive visual approach to math and problem-solving is the basis of its innovative, research-proven ST Math® programs for elementary and secondary schools. The visually-based ST Math program has been shown to double or triple schools’ growth rates in math proficiency. MIND's programs currently reach 800,000 students and 31,000 teachers in 2,500 schools in 40 states. For more information, visit http://www.mindresearch.org.

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