awindfall of money can be life changing! All your dreams can suddenly be made a reality with the proper financial infusion. People buy lottery tickets, enter into drawings, or head to Las Vegas with stars in their eyes just waiting for their lucky day when all their hopes and dreams can come to fruition–if only they could win big. There are few though, who feel there is a higher purpose for money. Sure, it’s nice to be able to buy anything you want, whenever you want it. But how about if you were to share that wealth and aim it toward a cause you were passionate about? How much better could you make the world or even just your own community? It is a special, giving soul who finds a way to make wealth work for others after finding themselves suddenly wealthy. In 2012, Francine McMahon was doing what she enjoys during her free time; she was parked in front of a slot machine at Cache Creek Casino when fate struck her hard! She became a huge winner.
“I love gambling in any capacity, but I have a special love for playing bingo. Even as a young girl, I would go and play with my mom. I was only 18 when I decided that at some point, I would open a bingo hall.” In 2009, Francine worked at a hall in Pittsburg. The funds generated from that hall went toward a local sports team, but Fran thought there was a much greater need throughout the community for kids’ sports programs. Fran had met Teri Eslinger, another bingo aficionado who was a caller at another Oakley bingo hall. They became friends and shared many nights at different locations, playing side by side, marking up paper with ink, and trying to catch a bingo. Fran shared her dream with Teri of one day owning a bingo hall. Teri said she’d help her with it if it were to happen. Always in the back of her mind was how the money earned through that hall could benefit so many.
“After hitting that big jackpot, I put a plan into action for finding a hall to host lots of people and accommodate lots of parking. Battling for youth permits was tough, I persisted for a few years. I tried to locate in the city of Brentwood; unfortunately, it didn’t work out. Oakley made the process a bit easier, so we opened our organization there. We donate mostly to youth teams in Oakley, but our funds are made available to all of Contra Costa County.” Fran formed the nonprofit organization Daub for Kids Bingo and is president while Teri serves by her side as secretary. They officially opened at 2107 Main Street in Oakley in the Cypress Shopping Center on September 9, 2016. The generosity and support that comes out of this nonprofit is made evident regularly.