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Once again, Jeff VonAlst and his wonderful staff of poker dealers at the Pahrump Nugget, hosted the Chips for Charity Soroptimist International Pahrump Valley Poker Tournament. And once again, this fun and very exciting event exceeded expectations.

Our Soroptimist Club would like to extend our deepest appreciation and gratitude to not only Jeff and his team, but for all of the local residents who played in the tournament, purchased raffle tickets and donated the wonderful prizes available to our players and SIPV members, and to whoever else wanted to purchase raffle tickets.

Between the tournament and raffle tickets, we raised nearly $1,000.

A special thank you to Jeff and his team, they are wonderful to work with, they are always patient and gracious, even when one of the SIPV group decides to play, and they promote the tournament to everyone in the casino once they have the date set. They truly go above and beyond to make this event a success.

Thank you to Mike Brunet from Home Gallery Furniture. He not only donated two beautiful chairs, he also donated two gift certificates to the furniture store and he played in the tournament.

Thank you to Carl and Donna Terrelli for their generous donation of two tickets to the Smith’s Center’s presentation of George Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess.” The package also included bonus certificates from the Smith Center. Carl also played. These five items helped us toward our event goal of $1,000.

Thank you to Rodney Fazackerley of Fazackerley’s Fudge, the best fudge on the planet, for his donation of fudge. Needless to say, it was a huge hit.

Thank you to the Pahrump Nugget for supporting Jeff and his Poker Room when they request a date to be set aside for our Charity Tournament. It is deeply appreciated. Thank you to all the players, their generosity at not only for buying into the tournament (frequently more than once), but for purchasing lots and lots of raffle tickets, making this event a consistent success and a special side.

Thank you to Don Trudeau, who plays in every tournament, always pays for no less than two seats, always purchases tons of tickets and always adds an extra donation while trying really hard to maintain a very low profile. You, like the other regulars, are deeply appreciated.

Soroptimists International Pahrump Valley is a non-profit, philanthropic women’s organization focusing on the needs of women and children in the community, region and around the world.

For more information about Soroptimists, please call 775-513-5203 or check our website at www.sipv60.org.

Again, thank you all.

Tonya Brum

Event Chair