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“Bunco Night” gives local children cause to smile

By Miriam Hodgman
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A board member with the Healthy Communities Coalition walks a mother and child to a mobile dental van visiting a school in Lyon County. Photo courtesy of Carissa Snedeker.

A regional community coalition’s Bunco fundraiser will help local children receive dental care. The February 7 fundraiser, at the Dayton Nevada Community Center, is a fun night of good food and Bunco for a great cause. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. and Bunco at 7 p.m.

Lisa Selmi, one of the organizers of the event, explains, “Your ticket for dinner and Bunco funds much-needed dental services for children in the area.”

The Bunco fundraiser enables area children to receive dental hygiene and healthy eating lessons, and needed services such as sealants, cleanings, fillings and treatment of abscesses.

Everyone who brings something (tooth paste, floss, tooth brushes) to help “save a smile” will also be given a raffle ticket.

Sign up as a single player or with a group of 12. Sign up early as space is limited to the first 120 players and tickets are going fast.”

The Dayton Nevada Community Center is located at 170 Pike Street. The cost is $25.00 per player, which includes dinner and dessert.

For more information and registration forms, contact Lisa or Wendy at Healthy Communities Coalition of Lyon and Storey at 775-246-7550. Registration forms and payment can be dropped at the Dayton Community Center, 170 Pike Street, or mailed to Healthy Communities Coalition, PO Box 517, Dayton, Nevada, 89403.

2450713_1414595428.0869_funddescriptionThose who cannot attend the Bunco fundraiser can still help fund life-changing dental services by going to Healthy Communities’ Go Fund Me campaign at: http://www.gofundme.com/healthymouths.

Healthy Communities Coalition has partnered with Lyon County School District and dozens of direct service groups to form a “Health Services Hub” that is increasing access to dental, medical, vision, mental health and preventative health care service in rural communities in Lyon and Storey regions.

According to the World Bunco Association the game had seen a resurgence in popularity in the United States in the early 21st century. In 2006, it was claimed that during the previous year (in the USA) “over 59 million women have played Bunco and over 27 million play regularly.”

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