Dealing in fun at Yukon ‘card party’

April 22nd event to benefit Compassionate Hands' ministry

Yukon Compassionate Hands’ volunteers, from left, Donna Yarbrough, Alycia Barry and Jaquita Icenhower prepare boxed lunches for the 45 players during an October 2021 card party benefit inside Town & Country Christian Church, 2200 S Cornwell. A spring card party will be Friday, April 22 to support the Compassionate Hands’ non-profit ministry. (Photo provided)

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

A downtown Yukon helping ministry will be “dealing” in fun at a popular upcoming benefit – and it’s all for a great cause.

Compassionate Hands will present its spring card party from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 22 at Town & Country Christian Church, 2200 S Cornwell.

After a COVID-19 break, the non-profit agency re-started this twice-annual “fun”-raiser in fall 2021 with 45 players coming out.

The last card party had been in February 2020 before the pandemic forced the cancellation of many Yukon events and programs.

Joanne Riley

“All participants were thrilled to get to play again,” Yukon Compassionate Hands Director Joanne Riley said. “Everyone always enjoys a fun Friday playing games while support their favorite Yukon charity.

“We’re looking forward to increased participation at our upcoming spring card party. We’re hoping for 60 players this time around.”

Participants compete in a wide array of card and table games – everything from Farkle to Mahjong to dominos.

“We have some serious players, and many of them really look for to this event every time,” Riley said. “They really missed getting together when we couldn’t have it.”

Over the past 20 years, this event has become Compassionate Hands’ most well-known fundraiser.

Typically, about 100 people would come to the biannual event – one in the spring and one in the fall.



While providing fun and fellowship to participants, the card party normally raises several thousand dollars to support Compassionate Hands’ operations. There is lunch, silent auction and 50/50 cash raffle.

Yukon’s Compassionate Hands uses the proceeds to help clients with immediate needs like rent and utility assistance, transportation, medications, and personal care items.

Under the auspices of the Yukon Ministerial Alliance, Compassionate Hands has helped Yukon residents facing temporary crisis since 1994.

“We couldn’t provide the services we do without the generosity of our churches, businesses, individuals, and civic groups,” Riley said.

“This card party and other fundraisers are vital to allow us to serve our community.”

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