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Bridge players donate funds to food bank

Published: Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 5:21 p.m. CDT
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Pete Schaeffer, CEO of the Northern Illinois Food Bank, Karl D. Dencker, president of American Contract Bridge League Unit 239, and Ron Hopman, Unit 239 Board member, present a $6,000 check to the food bank.

Northern Illinois Duplicate Bridge players are members of the American Contract Bridge League and have weekly bridge games in St Charles, Aurora, Elgin, Crystal Lake, Huntley, Dixon and Rockford. And – frequently – the various clubs will host charity games.

It is through these games – and other games throughout the United States – that Unit 239 was able to present a check for $6,000 to the Northern Illinois Food Bank.

Within ACBL, there are 27 districts. Unit 239 is part of District 8, which covers all of Illinois, except for greater Chicago, east to Fort Wayne, Ind., west to St Louis, Mo., and south to Paducah, Ky. Within District 8, there are five units. Unit 239 is responsible for hosting seven tournaments a year, varying from three to seven days.

It has the distinction of hosting the largest regional tournament in the state of Illinois at the Crystal Lake Holiday Inn in June, states a news release. Those who are interested in learning how to play bridge, improving their game or finding out where a weekly game is being hosted, are invited to call Karl Dencker at 847-458-8089.

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