Friday, January 26, 2007

Foundation Hosts Card Tournament

Yerington, Nev. — According to the Reno Gazette-Journal, a recently-formed nonprofit foundation designed to help families with members facing catastrophic illness or injury will host its first fundraiser, the 1st Annual Josh Farler Memorial Texas Hold 'Em poker tournament on Feb. 17-18.

Friends and family of Josh Farler, who died in December 2005 at age 20 after a courageous battle with testicular cancer, formed the Josh Farler Helping Hands Foundation in memory of the Yerington native, with one goal to keep his memory alive.

They knew of the hardships families can face when a loved one faces significant hospitalization, with many costs such as transportation and food and lodging for the family not covered by insurance, so they decided to form the foundation to help some such families with those costs.

Locals who wish to support the Foundation may do so by becoming a sustaining member (see form below) and by making a tax-free donation to the Helping Hands Foundation.

The inaugural Texas Hold 'Em tournament is scheduled for Feb. 17-18 at 1 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club of Mason Valley, with all proceeds benefiting the foundation. The entry fee is $50. The tournament is open to anyone age 21 and older.

Those interested in participating may register at the Boys and Girls Club (124 No. Main St.) or by calling 463-5114. Registration forms may be received by mail from the Foundation at P.O. Box 73, Yerington, NV, 89447. For more information, call Willie Booth at 463-4381 or George Ostrander at 463-2388.

The tournament will be similar to other Texas Hold 'Em tournaments that are becoming increasingly popular, with many in California and also Nevada.

By becoming a sustaining member of the Helping Hands Foundation (with four donation levels offered), donors will receive a special certificate and receive occasional statements from the Foundation showing how much of the donations are being sent to needy families in the community. They will also receive applications "so that you may help us identify those in need."

The main focus is to help the youth of Mason and Smith Valleys who face life-threatening injury or illness but applications for others living elsewhere will also be considered, depending on funding available.

A brochure about the foundation says, "Our goal is to help the family with expenses not covered by insurance to bridge the gap."

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