This year the National Psoriasis Foundation launched a series of fundraising events called Pstamp Out Psoriatic Disease. Pstamp Out’s origin story traces back to Sue Jaqua, a native of Portland, Oregon, who spearheaded the first Team NPF Bingo event.
Jaqua, who was diagnosed with psoriasis in her 30s, has been involved with NPF for more than 15 years. Early on, she and her husband attended Team NPF walks. In hopes of bringing new faces to NPF fundraisers, she decided to host the first bingo night in her hometown, despite having initial jitters about its success. “I remember being in the bathroom and worrying that it was going to be like a party that nobody shows up for. And then I walked out the door and was shocked that they did come. That was absolutely amazing.”
That first bingo night attracted 80 guests and raised $12,000 for NPF – shattering the goals for the inaugural event. In the four years since, Jaqua has seen Team NPF Bingo grow both in size and scope. Last year, with the help of volunteers and sponsors, Team NPF hosted 10 bingo nights in cities across the country such as New York City, Boston, and San Diego, to name a few.
She sees the rebranding to Pstamp Out as a way to drum up excitement for the fundraisers. “There is so much going on at these events that a rebranding makes sense,” says Jaqua. “And people will get that it’s more than just a bingo night. We socialize, have music, have a silent auction, have a paddle raise – these events have never been just about bingo.”
She also hopes that NPF’s efforts to grow Pstamp Out will motivate others to get involved – not just for these fundraisers – but for everything NPF embarks on. While Jaqua has been the bingo torchbearer, she hopes the next generation will come and step in. “We’ve led this thing through the initial stages, and now it’s time to step back and watch it grow.”
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