Playing the hand that’s dealt

45 players ‘thrilled’ with return of Yukon card party

Card and table game enthusiasts participate in the Oct. 8th “Fall Card Party” to support the non-profit Yukon Compassionate Hands’ ministry. This was the first card benefit since February 2020. The previous two were canceled due to COVID-19. (Photo provided)

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

The crowd may have been smaller than usual, but a popular benefit returned in grand fashion recently to boost a Yukon non-profit ministry.

The 2021 Yukon Compassionate Hands’ “Fall Card Party” was Oct. 8 at Town & Country Christian Church, 2200 S Cornwell. Attendees competed in a variety of card and table games.

“We had 45 players and cleared $1,200 to help Yukon families experiencing temporary crisis,” Compassionate Hands’ Director Joanne Riley said.

“All participants were thrilled to get to play again. Everyone enjoyed a fun Friday playing games while support their favorite Yukon charity. We look forward to increased participation next spring.”

The card party has become Compassionate Hands’ most well-known fundraiser.

For years, around 100 people would come to the biannual event – one in the spring and one in the fall.

But Compassionate Hands hadn’t been able to have this benefit since February 2020 due to COVID-19.

Compassionate Hands’ volunteers, from left, Donna Yarbrough, Alycia Barry and Jaquita Icenhower prepare boxed lunches for the 45 players at the Oct. 8th card party inside Town & Country Christian Church, 2200 S Holly. Barry and Icenhower also contributed silent auction items. (Photo provided)


Pat Hobbs was the lucky winner of $106 in a 50/50 cash raffle at the Oct. 8th Yukon card benefit.

Card party participants, Compassionate Hands’ board members and Yukon businesses provided silent auction items.

Featured were jewelry made by Alycia Barry, crocheted items by Bobbie Beville and a homemade carrot cake by Jaquita Icenhower.

Pat Hobbs (left) is the lucky winner of $106 in a 50/50 cash raffle, presented by Compassionate Hands’ Director Joanne Riley. (Photo provided)

Door prizes included restaurant gift certificates and items donated by Carpenter’s Ace Hardware and The Arrangement.

Boxed lunches were prepared by Compassionate Hands’ events committee and board members.

Volunteers were Donna Yarbrough, Janis Thomas, Woody Burpo, Amy Bowles, Barry, and Icenhower. Yukon National Honor Society members helped with event set-up.

“And a huge ‘thank you’ to Town & Country Christian Church for again providing their beautiful event area,” Riley said.

Fall card party sponsors were Bedlam Law, United Pharmacy, YNB bank, Yanda & Son Funeral Home, and Lynn Cook – Neora.

Meanwhile, Compassionate Hands has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Cox Charities Foundation.

These funds will be used for the Care-A-Van program, which transports Yukon’s seniors and residents with disabilities to medical appointments and personal errands.