MINDEN — GE Energy employees are preparing once again for the Bunko for Breast Cancer event. This annual fundraiser for Carson Tahoe Hospital’s Cancer Resource Center is in its eighth year and continues to exceed expectations.
Kathy Johnson, past chairman of the GE Energy Bunko for Breast Cancer planning group, has been part of the experience since the beginning.
“When we first started eight years ago, we had the goal to raise $10,000,” she said. “We exceeded that by raising $12,000. And it keeps growing and growing year after year.”
Co-sponsored by GE Energy and the Carson Valley Inn, this event has raised over $200,000 in the fight against cancer.
“The Carson Valley Inn has been behind this event 100 percent since we began,” Johnson said. “We couldn’t have done this without them. The first year we had it, it got so loud in the room that people were coming from the casino upstairs to see what was going on. We were louder than the band in the cabaret. The second year, they were still onboard. But they did get a louder band.”
All the money raised at the GE Energy Bunko for Breast Cancer event helps local cancer patients, a point that Johnson thinks has contributed to the success. The rest of the success comes from the fun the night provides.
Bunko is a dice game similar to Yahtzee. The evening features emcees, raffles and door prizes provided by community members and GE employees. There are also costumes to fit this year’s theme: The Roaring 20s.
This year’s event is sold out, but if you’d like be on the invite list for next year, contact Diana Thomas at 215-1550. Baskets for the silent auction are still being accepted.