By Danielle Tadlock
News Report Staff
Game shows are fun to watch on TV.
But can you imagine participating in one?
Well, you just might get your chance.
The fundraiser starts at 7 p.m. and is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 10.
The United Way of Effingham County is having its annual February fundraiser and is changing things up by bringing Hollywood’s Greatest Game Shows to the Effingham Performance Center.
Games that will be played that night include Name that Tune, Card Sharks, Dance Fever and The Newlywed Game.
The event will be hosted by Bob Eubanks, who was a well-known host for some of those famous TV game shows, including The Newlywed Game and Card Sharks.
“We are hoping everyone comes out to join us and has a great time,” Linda Hemmen, Chief Professional Officer at United Way, said. “It’s pretty exciting and we have some amazing prizes.”
Everyone will have a chance to win a 2017 Chevy Spark, a 2017 Harley Davidson 883 Iron Sportster and $2,500 or $10,000 in cash. For the grand prize, one person has the chance to win $100,000 in cash.
“Our first game has a prize of $500 and depending on the game, the prize goes up to $2,000,” said Hemmen.
VIP tickets are being sold for $75 with the opportunity to have a meet and greet with Eubanks. Other ticket prices vary from $55-$65, depending on the seat and section.
There were only 75 VIP tickets to begin with and there are now less than 20 available.
Tickets can be purchased on ticketmaster.com.
Contestants for the game shows will be chosen by ticket stubs that are gathered in a pool and randomly selected.
“We didn’t want to have people come early just to have a chance to get their name selected,” Hemmen said. “This way it is easier and it’ll be a surprise for everyone who comes.”
The only game that may choose contestants differently would be the Newlywed Game; only because you have to be married to play.
“Bob might go into the crowd and hand pick people for that one,” she said.
Each game will have 2 to 5 contestants with one game being an exception, having 9 contestants.
The event will help the United Way of Effingham County raise money for their local partner agencies.
“We are trying to help raise money for our local partner agencies that help people on a daily basis,” Hemmen said. “It’s helping people and having a chance to win some great prizes at the same time.
“I’ve spoken to Bob Eubanks twice and he is excited to come and host this event.” Hemmen added.