MILLBROOK - In just more than a year since opening, Legends Gaming Centre has contributed more than $28,000 to a host of area charities.
In all, more than 40 individual charitable groups and organizations have benefitted from proceeds raised through activities at the centre.
In January, for example, the West Colchester Minor Hockey Association received $1,064.50 from Legends.
"I am very pleased and proud with the $28,537 raised," gaming centre general manager Chris Weunsch said in a news release. "It is nice to see a community support its non-profit organizations the way that they have. We have built strong relationships and gained many new friends this past year and look forward to even more in the future."
Legends Gaming Centre began donating money back into the local communities through its 50/50 draw ever since it opened in December 2012.
Charity recipients are chosen by application and are invited to participate in selling 50/50 draw tickets at the bingo for a given week.
Recipients of the centre's donations range from youth groups to hockey and other sporting teams to service organizations and more.
And Weunsch said Legends has recently engaged in two new partnerships in the hope of further boosting the facility's ability to raise funds for local charities.
To that end, Markie Bus Tours is now offering a round trip service from Bible Hill and downtown Truro to Legends five days a week during bingo sessions. As well, Maritime Bus is offering packages that will bring bingo goers from communities as far away as Amherst, Oxford Antigonish, New Glasgow, Sackville and Halifax to Legends' upcoming Super Bingo on Sunday.
The centre is open from Wednesday to Friday evenings with matinees on Saturday and Sundays.