5th Annual SBR Mah Jongg Cards for Charity

Bonnie Goldman, NMJL collector for SaddleBrooke Ranch, right, presents to Camille Esterman, treasurer of SaddleBrooke Community Outreach, left, a check for $745 in 2022.

Bonnie Goldman

Mah Jongg is a very popular game at SaddleBrooke Ranch. We have many players who are new to the game and people who have played for years. Prior to COVID, there were weekly games played on Thursdays in La Hacienda Club (and sometimes lessons), coordinated by Gail Latimer and Bonnie Goldman. There are multiple private groups who have weekly games played in their homes.

All of us play with an annual card, published by the National Mah Jongg League (NMJL). The card contains all of the official hands that can be played that year. This will be the fifth year that we place an SBR group order to the NMJL. For every card in the order, they donate $5 plus bonuses to our charity, the SaddleBrooke Community Outreach organization.

Last year, more than 174 people participated and ordered their cards through me. This order was submitted under the name “SaddleBrooke Ranch Mah Jongg Players.” We received $745 (a new record!) from the NMJL, which we have donated to SaddleBrooke Community Outreach in a check presented to Camille Esterman, treasurer.

Our donation contributes to a program for children in need who live in the Copper Corridor, from Oracle to Mammoth and the San Carlos Reservation. Children from the ages of 5 to 15 who qualify for the free breakfast and lunch programs at school, receive a wardrobe valued at $75 twice per year. The fall wardrobe consists of three pairs of pants, three shirts, one jacket, one pair of shoes, six pairs of socks, six sets of underwear, a knit hat and gloves, a toothbrush, toothpaste, and two books.

Because this project has been so successful, I will again coordinate ordering the 2023 cards for SBR residents who wish to participate. The NMJL has kept the information online for everyone who ordered last year. We will gather all the order information and payments in mid- to late-January and will submit the order by Feb. 7. The process will be published again on Facebook SBR and Nextdoor. I hope that many more residents participate in our charity donation project for the SaddleBrooke Community Outreach this coming year.

Look out for the notice of when I will be collecting money for the cards.