Union County- It is hard to watch helplessly while someone you love suffers from the effects of a tragic accident, one that in seconds changes the composition of their family and what a normal day looks like. Friends of Michael Hobbins and Taylor Bingaman are organizing a craft bingo to benefit the Mike Hobbins and Taylor Bingaman Recovery Funds on Sunday, March 17 at the New Berlin Social Hall, 416 Liberty Street, in New Berlin.
Taylor Bingaman is a recent graduate of Mifflinburg High School who sustained a severe head injury on Thanksgiving Day and remains in a coma. He was treated at Geisinger Hospital for many weeks and is now receiving rehabilitation therapy in Bryn Mar.
Mike Hobbins was shot on New Berlin Mountain during Spring Gobbler season in 2010 when a hunter mistook him for a turkey. He remains totally blind and continues treatment hoping for partial sight to be restored through a new procedure used successfully in Germany, which is currently going through the FDA approval process for use in the United States. Recently, Hobbins won a civil suit to help recover the costs incurred as a result of the accident; however, he is extremely unlikely to ever collect any of those proceeds, since the man who shot him is not able to pay. Proceeds for both recipients benefit medical costs not covered by insurance and other costs to the families resulting from the accidents.
Doors open at noon with an Early Bird Game starting at 1:45 p.m. Refreshments and door prizes will be available. Prizes include a painted tall clock, a buffet with punched tin insets on the doors, assorted cupboards, pictures and many more home dcor items. Tickets for special games may be purchased the day of the event.
Tickets cost $20 for 20 and are available at the door or in advance at the following businesses: Chilly Willy's, Hartleton; DJ's Gas Station, New Berlin; Glitz & Glamour Salon, W Market Street, Lewisburg; H.L. Klose & Sons, 265 Mulberry Ave, Mifflinburg; Kathy Pyle's Beauty Salon, Mount Pleasant Mills; Lawton Insurance Agency, 225 East Chestnut Street, Mifflinburg; and Rt. 304 Auction Center, Rt. 304, Mifflinburg.
(Information from Linda Sterling and the many friends of Michael Hobbins and Taylor Bingaman)