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Marv Norden is a member of Kelowna (British Columbia) Christian Reformed Church. He is also chairperson of the largest bridge tournament in Canada.

Vernon bridge players perfecting their play for the upcoming tournament.

In that capacity, Norden was able to suggest that a cause close to his heart, the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee, be the recipient of some the group’s charitable donations this past year.

Norden, who has been playing bridge since 2004, is a life master and umpire as well as host chair for the Penticton Regional Tournament.

During the weeklong annual event, 3,000 tables are played with 12,000 to 13,000 players participating. Players come from all over Canada and the United States, as well England.

Norden sits on the board of directors for one of the districts of the American Contract Bridge League, which includes Alaska, Washington, and British Columbia. As a nonprofit organization, ACBL donates a designated amount of the profits it receives from its events. At Norden’s suggestion, the league was able to direct $18,000 to CRWRC’s African famine relief program.

Norden, who has taught bridge to members of his own church, is well into planning for the upcoming tournament. He hopes he might again serve as a bridge to directing support to the CRWRC after this event.

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