Yukon card benefit offers variety

Players to ‘hit the tables’ Friday for Compassionate Hands

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Players compete during a pre-COVID pandemic card party to support the non-profit Compassionate Hands’ service ministry in Yukon. After being canceled in 2021, the popular spring benefit returns this Friday, April 22 at Town & Country Christian Church, 2200 S Cornwell. (Photo provided)

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

A “little bit of everything,” Joanne Riley says.

Riley was responding to a reporter’s inquiry about what type of games will be played this Friday at the much-anticipated Spring Card Party benefitting Yukon’s Compassionate Hands.

Joanne Riley

“There will be a wide variety including Gin Rummy, Farkle and Mahjong, and dominos games,” said Riley, Compassionate Hands’ director. “We haven’t had anyone play Monopoly yet.”

The card benefit will be staged from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 22 inside Town & Country Christian Church, 2200 S Cornwell.

“This is our first Spring Card Party since February 2020 and we’re hoping to have 60 players this time,” Riley said. “It’s a chance for people to come out and play cards and table games with their friends while supporting a great Yukon charity.

“We’re going to have a lunch, silent auction, door prizes, and 50/50 cash raffle. It’s going to be a fun Friday in Yukon.”

Over the past 20 years, this event has become Compassionate Hands’ most popular fund-raiser.

For many years, about 100 people would come out for biannual spring and fall card benefits.

After being canceled during the COVID-19 pandemic, the event returned last fall with 45 players coming out.

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A GOOD CAUSE

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

The non-profit service ministry will use spring 2022 card party proceeds to help clients with immediate needs like rent and utility assistance, transportation, medications, and personal care items.

Fundraisers like this Friday’s card party and an upcoming second annual “Bake-less Bake Sale” are vital to Compassionate Hands’ operations.

“We want to offer special thanks to our event sponsors – Yanda & Son Funeral Home, Pecina’s Mexican Café-El Reno, United Pharmacy, Cherie Logan-State Farm Insurance, Wesco Insurance, and ECI Insurance,” Riley noted.

“Chick-fil-A is donating lunch. There’s still time to get tickets – they’re $25 each.”

Learn more about Friday’s card benefit by calling (405) 354-9591 or visiting https://compassionatehandsyukon.com/