Mark your calendar and secure your ticket today for Heart of Tyler's annual fundraiser, Black Tie Bingo! The event will be held at 6:30 p.m., Saturday August 10th at the Fair Building in downtown Tyler. This year's theme is Bourbon Street Bingeaux, and guests will encounter a Mardi Gras atmosphere complete with dueling pianos and artists in a miniature Jackson Square.

Three years ago, I began volunteering with Heart of Tyler by donating my services as a DJ to Black Tie Bingo. After spending a fun night playing music, I decided to become more involved and join the committee.

Each year Heart of Tyler creates a new theme and transforms a vacant building in downtown Tyler to help showcase the property and the growth and revitalization that non-profit is working towards. Two years ago we were playing bingo aboard the Broadway Queen.

Above, I'm pictured wearing the wine pull grand prize from 2011, a beautiful pearl necklace donated by Elliott's Jewelers in Tyler. Guests spend cash to pull for a prize. Not knowing which bottle of wine they will get or what prize might be attached to it.

Join us this year and enjoy a fun night of bingo, dueling pianos and Bourbon Street flair. lease RSVP by Aug. 5, 2013 by purchasing online, sending an email to DowntownRSVP@tylertexas.com, or calling (903) 593-6905.