NEW EVENING GAME:  Tuesdays starting July 3, 6:00 PM
49r and Open Sections
Special $5 rate for 0-49r players
These are Fund Raising Games and special thanks to
Mick for donating his directing skills to benefit the CVBF

July 20, 2018

Dear Friends and Players,

Many players have asked for an update on the building.  Progress continues to be made since my last newsletter to you.  I’m happy to report that we should be getting bids from chosen contractors within the week.  Receiving permits from the County, however, is another story; this may still take another 3 months.  The permit process with the County seems glacially slow but I’m informed that this is typical for a commercial building.  Bob Wernick has been tirelessly shepherding the pre-construction process with the engineers, architect, and County and he has made a big difference in advancing the project.  If all goes well with the County, we are informed by our architect that we should be able to open the doors around October, 2019.

Your response to my last e/mail in May was terrific!  Your donations have helped us reach $800,000 of our $1,000,000 goal–THANK YOU!

Some directing changes will take place in the upcoming days.  We are very sorry to lose Vicki Pein and John Nugent-Patten from our directing schedule and are thankful for all their hard work in the past.  Please know that all games will continue as usual.  Mick Riccio will be adding the Friday 1:00 game, Marie Covey will be directing on Thursday and Saturday at 1:00, and Bob Price will see our 49r and 299r players on Tuesday mornings.

Don’t forget our newly added Tuesday evening game at 6:00 PM with Mick!  Mick is donating his time to direct this game as a fund raising effort.  Please come out and support him.  It is a casual and fun game and we are finished by 9:00!

Major Announcement:  Behind the scenes, your CVBF board of directors has been very busy.  As if our new building project wasn’t enough, we have also been searching for an Executive Managing Director to fill in the huge gap left by Tom McCormick’s early retirement.  We are pleased to announce than Sean Lui has accepted this position and will officially start on September 1.  Sean has been directing bridge games for several years at the Long Beach and Orange County Clubs.  He has an MBA, is a certified ACBL Tournament Director, and holds the office of Recorder for the Long Beach unit.  Please give him a warm DBC welcome when he arrives!

Speaking of Tom McCormick, we look forward to his recovery and an opportunity to celebrate the McCormicks’ retirement at the club in the near future and will let you know as soon as we have a date.

Recognition and thanks go to those who have pledged or donated to help us realize our vision of a “Home of Our Own.”

$100,000+:  Ilene and Ross Grabel, Bill and Beverly Hartin, Bob Wernick

$20,000+:  The Deatherage Foundation, Molly Harris

$10,000+:  Cydney Osterman, Eric & Marilyn Blitz, Lloyd and Noel Hanford, Anonymous, Nina Glazer, Jerry & Marilyn Gitt, Rosemary & Sandy Hertz

$5,000+:  Abe & Greta Pineles, Pat Hubbard, Paul Maudslien, Ruth Ann Poppa, Jack Blumenthal, Sandy & Bob Carroll

Other Donors:  Mac Becket, Darryl Hendershot, Susan & John Tracey, William Kazee, Cesca Luzuriaga, Larry & Vicki Graves, Cookie Ostrow, John Newburger, Robert Gore, Tom Bernstein, Charles & Louise Rhea, Guy Brackett, Raj & Dinesh Agrawal, Alice Perlmutter, Judy McClintic, Joan Hamilton, Gene Turban, Louise Kermode, Chaya Venkat, Tae & Soonja Kim, Dorian & Gerald Trostler, Hugh Meeks, Jane Arthur, Elaine Grabel, Jan Duncan, Robert & Susan Diamond Foundation, Fran Blowitz, Rose Marie Duff, Lou Goldsmith, Barry Kirkham, John Newburger, Jo-Ann Dobbins, Gloria Levine, James & Sara Sevey, H. Mitchell Harper

We are equally grateful to all who who have volunteered countless hours of their time too.  THANK YOU!


Beverly Hartin, President, CVBF on behalf of the Board of Directors
Judy McClintic, Guy Brackett, Hugh Meeks, Bob Wernick, Ross Grabel, Barbara Hopewell

If you enjoy the game and look forward to a new home, please consider joining our supporters with a donation payable to the Coachella Valley Bridge Foundation, an IRS designated 501(c)(3) charitable foundation.  Your contributions are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.  Please send to the CVBF c/o Guy Brackett, 1595 S. San Joaquin Drive, Palm Springs, CA  92264.


Your support of this non-profit dedicated facility is appreciated.

All Games and Classes at 75-400 Gerald Ford Drive, Suite 104, Palm Desert, CA 92211 1/2 mile east of Cook Street on the north side of the street near the corner of Cook and Gerald Ford (look for Rock Church)  Click on “Contacts” above for our phone numbers. 
Open and 499r Games Weekdays at 1:00 PM
Open and 999r game Saturday at 1:00 PM
Morning Games for newer players Tuesday and Friday

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