2/20 — JAO Bingo Night and “Snack Off”

Feb. 20 —Peanut butter mochi? Red velvet cupcakes? White chocolate crunches? The makers and bakers of such delectable post-game snacks — always a highlight of every community basketball game — now have a chance to compete for the title of JAO Snack Queen (or King) of the year. A new “snack off” contest will highlight JAO Bingo Night, which is scheduled for Feb. 20 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Nishi HongwanjiBuddhist Church in Little Tokyo. The annual event raises money for JAO Invitational Girls Basketball League scholarships.
“It’s the commissioner’s excuse to try everyone’s snacks,” said JAO Basketball
Commissioner Leland Lau.

Tigers coach Jeff Gin, for instance, has set a standard of excellence with homemade
cookies of every kind and recently whipped up red velvet mini-cupcakes topped by
fresh cream, according to Lau.

“He has been baking up a storm for years,” Lau said.

The first snack-off will feature sweet treats (other categories will follow in future contests). Contestants are asked to bring a minimum two dozen pieces to Bingo Night, plus the recipe. The recipes will be compiled in a JAO Snack Cookbook, to be sold as a fundraiser in the future. The entries will be judged and winners announced and crowned at Bingo Night.
In another new event, all JAO teams are invited to make a poster of their team (no
larger than 20” by 30” standard size poster board) and bring it to Bingo Night for
display. The poster activity is aimed at showcasing the many wonderful girl ballers
in the league.

And back by popular demand is the 2nd annual Pie the Commissioner booth – your
chance to get even with Lau, also known as “Dr. No,” for turning down your special
plea this year.

Indoor carnival games for kids are also planned. A snack bar will feature chili
rice, ramen, hot dogs and other items.

Bingo tickets are $10 each, which will cover two bingo tickets.

For more information, please contact Leland Lau at [email protected] or Teresa
Watanabe at [email protected] Or visit the JAO Web site at www.jaoptimist.org.