By Leota Harriman

A bingo benefit for the Alzheimer’s Association organized by Moriarty High School junior Paige Thompson netted “a little over four grand,” as Thompson put it.

That money will be divided in the names of her teammates in a benefit walk held at Civic Plaza in Albuquerque on Sept. 26.

Thompson said that not only businesses, but also a lot of people in the community made donations and attended the Bingo and Spaghetti Dinner this past weekend. “There were a lot more donations than people who could be at the Bingo but the Bingo was great,” she said.

Thompson said she wants to make the fundraiser—which she did in honor of her late great-grandmother, Helen Thompson—an annual event. Her great-grandmother passed away four years ago, and had Alzheimer’s before she died.

The younger Thompson plans to become a doctor. To join her team in the walk, or to make a donation, contact 505-321-1987.

Leota Harriman
Leota Harriman

Leota started working for The Independent in 2006, working her way up through the ranks. An employee buyout in 2010 led to her ownership of the newspaper. Leota has served on the board of the N.M. Press Association, and is currently its First Vice President. She is passionate about health and wellness, especially mental health, and loves making art. She can be reached at