September 16, 2018
Dear Friends and Players,
Congratulations to Marjean Larson and Cydney Osterman who took a First Overall place in the ACBL-Wide International Fund Game last Thursday at DBC.  Bob Wernick and Merle Friedman took first East/West.  The players were treated to an excellent analysis of the hands by expert and Bridge Bulletin author Frank Stewart.  Thanks to all for playing!
The following special events/games should be put on your calendar for a “Do Not Miss This Date!”
October 5, 9:00 AM – ACBL-Wide Senior Pairs Game.  Card fees for this event will be $11.00, the CVBF will subsidize the addtional sanction fees for this BIG POINTS game.   Please note that this is a morning game and the Thursday 1:00 PM game will be held as usual.  Sean Lui will be directing both morning and afternoon sessions.
This event is restricted to players that were born before January 1, 1959. (One age-ineligible pair is allowed. The pair is not eligible for overall awards.)
Date: October 5 (Friday morning)
Masterpoints:
72% sectional-rated black
Overall Awards: 1st, 20; depth of awards, 10 places
District Winners: 1st, 10; depth of awards, 5 places
Winners recognized on website and in the Bridge Bulletin
September 26, October 12, 20 and 24th will be Unit Games at the Club.  Please mark your calendar for these BIG POINTS games.  Thank you Unit 533 Board of Directors for subsidizing the ACBL sanction fees.  Regular card fees apply.
 
Sunday, November 11, 1:00 PM – Retirement Celebration Party for Jana and Tom McCormick!  Mick Riccio will be donating directing skills so proceeds can benefit the CVBF Building Fund.  Both he hand Bev Hartin will draw upon their Italian heritage to offer a scrumptious Italian lunch served at 12:15.  Game time is 1:00.  Please come out and wish Tom and Jana a happy retirement!
 
Workshops by Mick Riccio in October! – a 4 part seminar on October 19, 22, 24 & 26, 9:00 to 11:00 AM.
Form more information, click here for info:  Put your game ahead of the crowd!
IMPORTANT:  Please use the DBC online reservation system to guarantee your game.  Snowbirds will be returning soon and reservations are a must if you don’t want to be disappointed.  Reservations will be held until 10 minutes before game time.  If you are experiencing any difficulty making a reservation on the Duncan Website, please contact Midori Saitoat midori@duncanbridgecenter.com  
New Building Update – A Letter from Bob Wernick
I am pleased to report that our efforts to finally start construction of our new building is continuing to move along.  The County tells us that they have approved everything except what is needed from the CV Water District.  We expect that approval within days.  We can then move forward with the final drawing from our civil engineer which should take another two to three weeks.
 
At that time, we will give the potential contractors the final plans so they might revise their bids.  Without these drawings, the contractors had been able only to give us “allowances” for the work and “allowances” subject us to large potential changes.  Once we receive any changes, we will meet with the bidders, evaluate the subcontractors and award the contract.
 
When we first began this process and started to look for land, the project did not look possible because of the cost of land and the size of the site needed.  We were very fortunate to call on Xavier Preparatory School; they agreed to provide us with enough land to accommodate the project.  Last fall the initial estimates by the architect and contractors for the building and parking lot were quoted at approximately $1.5 M.  Unfortunately, the current bids are coming in higher–between $1.8M and $2.1M.  Together with your donated-contributions, the CVBF reserves, and my commitment to loan one million dollars, we are still short of the goal.  None of the bids include “soft” costs such as architect and civil engineering fess, permits or fees from various government agencies which are estimated at $150,000.  If any of you can please make a contribution or an additional contribution, I will match it dollar for dollar up to a total of $500,000 and will still honor my prior commitment of loaning up to $1,000,000 in financing.
 
As always, please feel free to call me with any questions or concerns at 760-321-1120 or email me at wernickr@aol.com.
Sincerely,
Bob Wernick
 
All of us are extremely indebted to Bob Wernick who has supported the efforts of the Coachella Valley Bridge Foundation to insure our mission of providing and promoting the game to our members and visitors in a dedicated facility.  We are extremely grateful to his commitment and generosity.  Thank you, Bob.
Yours very truly,
Beverly Hartin on behalf of the Coachella Valley Bridge Foundation Board of Directors

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.

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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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