Card sharks play for Yukon helping ministry

After COVID hiatus, benefit ‘party’ returns Oct. 8

These local card players enjoy a February 2019 card party benefitting Yukon’s Compassionate Hands: From left, Jackie Drum, Francie Merchant, Sheryl Dunham, and Rosemary Powell. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)

For the first time since before the COVID-19 outbreak, a Yukon helping ministry will present its most popular annual benefit.

The Yukon Compassionate Hands’ 2021 Card Party will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8 inside Town & Country Christian Church, 2200 S Cornwell.

“This has been our most well-known fund-raiser for many years,” Compassionate Hands Director Joanne Riley said. “This will be a day of fun games, along with a boxed lunch, door prizes and a 50-50 raffle.”

In recent years, the popular benefit was a biannual event – with one in the spring and one in the fall.

But Compassionate Hands hasn’t been able to present a card party since February 2020 because of the pandemic.

“We’re so thrilled to open back up again because this event supports our programs to serve Yukon,” Riley said.

Compassionate Hands provides rent assistance, temporary lodging, utility bills, prescriptions, and gasoline cards for clients to go to and from work and medical appointments.

The Yukon nonprofit ministry offers an accessible “Care-A-Van” service that take senior residents and people with physical disabilities to medical appointments and personal errands.

Yukon card sharks can’t wait for the return of the card party Oct. 8.

“They will play a variety of table games, dice, dominoes and cards,” Riley said. “We usually have at least 100 players who come out.

“We’re looking for anyone who wants to help sponsor the lunch. That will allow us to raise more money to help Yukon citizens.”

Tickets to the Oct. 8th card party benefit are $20 each. Sponsorships are $100.

Call (405) 354-9591 or visit to register.

A variety of table games are played during a previous Yukon Compassionate Hands’ card party benefit. The Friday, Oct. 8 event will help Yukon-area residents facing temporary crisis. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)


Compassionate Hands has “reached out” to help Yukon-area residents in temporary crisis since 1994.

The organization serves Yukon as a clearing house, networking service and referral agency to provide services, support and to encourage positive life change.

Compassionate Hands gives out personal items like diapers, baby wipes, shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and personal hygiene products to those who need it.

The Yukon Compassionate Hands’ office, 119 S 6th, is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday.