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Bingo begins at fairgrounds

DEL MAR — Saturday afternoon bingo games at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, at 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., is being launched to support the Don Diego Fund, a nonprofit scholarship arm of the San Diego County Fair.
Starting April 9, doors open every Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Sports Club at Surfside Race Place, with bingo taking place from 1 to 3 p.m. Admission is free. The $9 parking lot fee will be applied to bingo purchases. Refreshments will be sold.
Bingo games include double action, hold tickets and flash. Separate smoking and nonsmoking seating is offered. The Bingo Diamond Club features a reward program.
“Proceeds from Saturday Don Diego Bingo enable us to provide at least four annual $5,000 scholarships to outstanding, college-bound, San Diego County high school seniors as well as support a Fair program that introduces elementary students from low-income areas to farming and nutrition,” Don Diego Fund Executive Director Chana Mannen said.
For more information, e-mail, call (858) 792.4210 or visit
The Don Diego Fund is a nonprofit scholarship program of the San Diego County Fair. It was formed in 1986 as a lasting tribute to Tom Hernandez, who, in the role of Don Diego, served as the legendary goodwill ambassador of the fair from 1947 until his death in 1984. To date, the fund has awarded $536,000 in scholarships and grants, helping 126 students pursue higher education.