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‘Bingo Queen’ receives honor

Dorothy T. Garland

Dorothy T. Garland

For two decades, she’s been known as the “Bingo Queen” for organizing bingo games for area seniors at local restaurants.

Now, Dorothy T. Garland is being honored by Spotsylvania County as the 2014 recipient of the annual Governor Spotswood Award.

The award will be presented at a ceremony and reception on Thursday, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Marshall Center, 8800 Courthouse Road.

The ceremony will be held in the auditorium, and the reception will follow in the Senior Center down the hall.

A selection committee chose Garland after reviewing nominations submitted by the public.

Garland has resided in Spotsylvania County since 1948, raising six boys and one daughter in the county. Her daughter, Lena Haney, submitted the nomination.

She has been an American Legion Ladies Group chaplain for the past eight years, Spotsylvania Senior Citizens Association treasurer for the past nine years and is a chapter member of the Spotsylvania Eagles and the Fredericksburg Senior Citizens.

A press release from the county notes that although experiencing some health challenges, at age 83 she continues to serve in the bingo-organizing capacity “as a wonderful encouragement and role model on Mondays at Hardee’s and on Tuesdays at the McDonald’s restaurant near Four-Mile Fork in Spotsylvania.”

The release notes that Garland sends birthday and anniversary cards, does the call for bingo, solicits coupon prizes from the host restaurants, keeps in touch with the attendees “and otherwise contributes to the health and well-being of seniors in the local community.”

For years, she and her late husband were strong supporter of special needs children at Walker–Grant School, personally greeting them, purchasing items to fill their wish lists and attending their programs.

Now a local hot-rod club has an annual car show and donates to special needs kids in honor and appreciation of Mr. and Mrs. Garland. The children planted a tree in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Garland.

“Dorothy Garland is honored as a wonderful role model who has given so much back to friends, family and the numerous senior citizens in our community,” the county’s press release continues.”

Hunter Perkinson Jr., a professional blacksmith located in the Lake Anna area of Spotsylvania, designed and created the Spotswood Award to include county and regional historical design elements.

The 2014 Governor Spotswood Award reception is free and open to the public. Music will be provided by Spotsylvania Middle School musicians beginning at 6 p.m. and again during the reception.

For additional information, contact Debbie Aylor at or 540/507-7205.


Previous Spotswood Award recipients are  Shirley Boggs, Betty Turnley, Robert Kurtinitis, Leota Pendleton, Caroline R. Hayden, William R. Taylor, Virginia Durrett, Janice Lancaster, Spencer Roberts, Agnes McGee, James Duffy, Maude Scott, Layton Fairchild Sr., John Mastin, R. Duval and Anne D. Dickinson (joint nomination) and George Gregory Raines Jr., Thomas W. Mills and John C. Edmonds.