• FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • Is Gay Bingo Charlotte still happening this year?

    Yes, Gay Bingo Charlotte is still going to happen but we are just doing it virtually this year! This means that this year there will be NO bingo being played and it will all be about entertaining you for a full hour! We know the last thing people probably want to do is jump on a "Zoom call" and play bingo. We agree and aren't doing that. We've partnered with Live Events Media Group and The Littlefield Co. to bring you some of the silliest and best entertainment we all need to see this fall!

     

    This ain't your grandma's Zoom! This year's event will be a full hour of entertainment and will be filled with all the best parts of Gay Bingo Charlotte - BVD performances, laughs, raffle prizes and snarky commentary from our hostess, Barbara Burning Bush!

     

    Think of this year's bingo as a variety show so be ready for a night of laughs, outrageous costumes, wacky Olympic games and unpredictable entertainment! Miss Rona isn't going to stop us!

    Will we be actually playing bingo?

    Gosh no! We've put playing actual bingo on the shelf and instead this year Gay Bingo is focused on all the best parts - raffle prizes, Olympic game skits, snarky comments from Barbara Burning Bush and BVD performances!

    When is Gay Bingo? And what time does it start?

    Gay Bingo Charlotte is hitting the big screen on Saturday, November 14 and will be completely virtual this year. The show begins at 7:00 PM and will run roughly an hour with an after party starting at 8:00 PM with DJ Little Betty.

    What time does the show start?

    The show will begin at 7:00 PM and will last roughly an hour. We do suggest that you log into the live stream at least 15 minutes prior to 7:00 PM to make sure you are connected and ready to have a great night!

    Is this a Zoom call?

    No this isn't a Zoom call. We are using VX by LEMG, a local media production team. Using this platform gives us the tech, tools and the professionals to bring you the best virtual experience. Not only will you be able to watch the live stream from your smart TV, phone, laptop or tablet but you will be able to interact with everyone through our message board, purchase raffle tickets, make donations, tip the BVDs and allow us to share your pictures you've tagged us in!

    Why isn't this event on Zoom?

    Zoom only allows a few hundred people on and we are hoping (and expecting) to have more than that. Also, if we used Zoom you would have to download the software and register an account. Our platform is connected to the email you registered with and allows for a much more interactive experience (and no possibility of someone walking behind you naked - we've all seen those videos).

    What's the benefit of buying a group package and not just one ticket and invite people over?

    First, this is a fundraiser and we have a goal of raising $115,000 for those living with HIV and those at risk. The majority of how we will meet this goal is through our ticket sales. If you do plan to have a few friends over (safely) then we ask that you buy one of the house packages and then ask your friends to donate the night of and buy those raffle tickets! We've also added some merch codes for our awesome new bingo swag (from 15 to 30% off).

    What time should I log on?

    We suggest that you log in with your personalized link about 20 to 30 minutes before the show begins (7:00 PM) to make sure that you have it all set up and your connection is good. We will have some pre-show entertainment for everyone to enjoy.

    Can I watch it on my TV?

    Of course, as long as your TV is a smart one or it has an HDMI connector. Check out these great videos that will answer all the tech questions - from connecting your laptop/computer to beaming it to your TV from your tablet or phone. These tutorials were created by our production team, Live Events Media Group.

    Can I use the browser on my smart TV?

    This may work, but it isn’t recommended. The platform wasn’t developed for these browsers and you may not have the optimal experience.

    How easy is the live stream site?

    It is one of the easiest platforms and if someone knows how to navigate a standard website you will good to go using VX by Live Events. Accessing the site will be as simple as entering their email address. It isn't recommend to use the built in browsers on a TV as their platform was not developed for those types of browsers. Viewers can try but we cannot guarantee if it will or will not work.

    Will the live stream link work internationally?

    Though it can't be guarantee, as different countries may have different restrictions, it should work internationally. You would just need to pay attention to the date (Saturday, November 14 is set up for EST in the United States).

    Can I share my viewing link?

    No. Each viewer must access the platform using a unique, pre-registered email address. Only one device can be logged in a time using each email address.

     

    If members of your group will be watching the Virtual Gaymes of Gay Bingo in different locations or on different devices, we are happy to provide additional access. Please let us know as soon as possible so we can register your guests’ email addresses and they’ll be able to log in smoothly. Contact us at bingo@carolinarain.org or 704-726-0983.

    Where can I find an HDMI cable?

    HDMI and other adapter cables for phones and tablets are available online at Amazon, or in stores like Best Buy, Target and Walmart. We suggest you bring your device with you to the store to make sure you are buying the correct cable, as they can look very similar. You may already own what you need – often, HDMI cables are used to connect a television with a DVD player or other video equipment.

    Can I rewind this event?

    Yes, but the interactive features are synced with the live broadcast, so we hope you’ll watch it live!

    Will there be raffle sales?

    HECK YES there will be raffle prizes! We will have 10 amazing and over the top prize packs up for grabs. All raffle tickets will be sold online and will be available two weeks prior to the live stream - BUY YOUR RAFFLE TICKETS NOW. Winners will be electronically drawn the night of the live stream. Check out all the awesome prizes that have come in so far!

    Do I have to be watching to win a raffle prize?

    We will announce the winners during the live stream and will also post the winner's name on the message board. We will be in contact with you (from the email you provided when you purchased the winning ticket) to schedule a pick up. You must respond to that email within two weeks to claim your prize pack.

    Will there be food and drinks available for purchase?

    Yes, Gay Bingo Charlotte has partnered with QC Catering to bring you some amazing packages. The packages are curated for 2, 4 or 8 people and you can even have it delivered to your home (within Charlotte) for a flat $15 fee. Every package sold, a percentage of the sale will go back to our fundraising efforts for RAIN. The last day to purchase food packages was Thursday, November 5.

    • Halftime Snack - An Adult Capri-Sun
    • Spectator Snacks - A Worldly Bites Package
    • Around the World - A Hors d'oeuvres Sampling Package (includes a bottle of wine)
    • Fan Fare - BYO Popcorn Mix (includes beer from Resident Culture Brewing Co.)

    Is there an age restriction?

    While we don't have a minimum age for attendance, we do ask that anyone in "attendance" 16 or younger be with a parent or guardian. There will be adult humor, so please use your discretion if bringing children. At the end of the day it is up to the parent/guardian to make that decision.

    Where is Gay Bingo Charlotte?

    Gay Bingo Charlotte has gone completely virtual this year. You can watch the show from the comfort of your home - that means you can watch and laugh while you are in bed, on the couch or on the back porch. You can view the performance from your TV, laptop, tablet or smart phone! Same date, same hot mess - just virtual!

    I am interested in being a sponsor, how do I learn more and get information?

    We would love to have you come on board as a sponsor. We have several different opportunities and price points - ranging from $5,000 to $300. You can download the sponsorship packet (click here) or you can contact Nathan Smith at 704-973-9818.

    • Presenting Sponsor $5,000
    • After Party Sponsor $2,000
    • Game Sponsor $1,750
    • Halftime Sponsor $1,000
    • Community Sponsor $300

    Is Gay Bingo Charlotte a game of chance?

    No, it is not a game of chance and you will not win anything. Gay Bingo is not real bingo; it is an unconventional and entertaining fundraising event with a bingo theme. You are not able to win any money or prizes for playing.

    Still have questions not answered?

    If you still have questions that need answering please contact our Gay Bingo Charlotte Master at bingo@carolinarain.org or 704-973-9818.