Johnny Townsend hosting Bingo Night to benefit UF Health Shands Children's Hospital
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WGFL) — This Thursday former Florida punter Johnny Townsend hosts his foundation's first event. He'll be using Bingo Night at Blackadder Brewing to raise money for the Townsend Fund, which gives 100 percent of its proceeds to UF Health's Shands Children's Hospital.
“When we first set out our main goal was to raise enough money to renovate UF Health’s Pediatric Oncology Infusion Clinic," Townsend said. "We’ve done a great job of that so far just through fundraising, through social media. We really wanted to branch out into the community to try to generate some more funds. Blackadder Brewery loved the idea and jumped at the opportunity to do the event with me.”
“I’m excited because it’s something new for us," said Chris Hart, owner of Blackadder Brewing. "It’s interesting how it came about. I was contacted by Johnny’s agent at the beginning of the year. We’ve done partner charity things with Lubee Bat Conservancy, Second Chance Rescue and Rehoming, and Superheroes for Hope. They're local, and Johnny’s been here in Gainesville. It’s his home college town, so it just made a lot of sense to figure something out to do, and my wife had the idea to do a bingo night."
The event begins at 7:30 p.m., and Townsend will be on hand to meet with those in attendance and hand out prizes.
“There’s’ a craft beer fest that’s going on Saturday April 21st here in town," said Hart about some of the night's prizes. "Two tickets to that. Johnny is bringing some cleats and some gloves. We’ll have some other things. He’ll be signing some hats, and some autographs, and other things while he’s here too.”
It's been hard for Townsend to make time for his foundation lately with things heating up for the NFL Draft.
“I was a little bit dormant when it came to activity in the foundation the past two months because I’ve been so busy with The Combine, the Senior Bowl and Pro Day. I’ll only be in Gainesville another month or so, so I’ll give it everything I have until I have the opportunity to go to another NFL city, and I hope to take my foundation there.”