Combining fun and fundraising has been a successful strategy for Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation Sisterhood for over 20 years. Two hundred participants played mah-jongg, canasta, rummy cube, Mexican train, scrabble and board games at this year’s Card Party, “Get Your Game On,” held Feb. 7 at Oakwood Country Club.

“It was great to see everyone enjoying themselves,” said Janey Burnce who chaired the 22-member committee that managed all the details.

Forty-eight donated baskets valued over $50 each were raffled off. Basket themes ranged from baking, books and chocolate to pasta, poolside and spa. Dine-around baskets featured gift cards from local restaurants paired with wine and wine glasses.

The accompanying bake sale sold more than 60 cakes, cookies, sweets and challah breads. “I still have special orders of an additional nine cakes and five buckets of cookies to deliver,” commented Marilyn Behr, bake sale co-chair, a few days after the event.

Funds raised will benefit charities around our community, including Chandler Unified School District Homeless Program; Chandler CARE Center; Hillel Jewish Student Center at Arizona State University; Gesher Disability Resources, formerly Council for Jews with Special Needs; Stand Down for women veterans and homeless female veterans; Sun Lakes Fire Department; St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital; and Hospice of the Valley.

It was the most successful fundraiser in the history of the group’s Card Party’s, according to Geri Gould, Sisterhood co-president.

“This result demonstrates the deep commitment of our wonderful patrons and dedicated committee to continue our efforts for donating to many local charities, as well as supporting Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation. On to next year!”

Victoria Gindick is the Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation Sisterhood programs co-chair and a board member.

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