The Longest Day – Unit 112 Clubs Slam Alzheimer’s

The Canandaigua Duplicate Bridge Club and Ithaca Bridge Club made a grand slam against Alzheimer’s and brain disease on June 21 when they raised a combined $6,000 for the local and national Alzheimer’s Assn. The organization has designated June as Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month and “The Longest Day,” is its biggest annual fundraising event.

The ACBL has also supported “The Longest Day” by encouraging clubs to hold games in support of the organization. Over the past five years the ACBL has raised and contributed $2.4 million to the Alzheimer’s Assn., reports Stephanie Threlkeld, ACBL Education & Communications manager.

“This year our goal is $500,000 for the care, support and research of the Alzheimer’s Assn. and it looks like we will exceed that goal,” she says.

The ACBL contributes the sanction fees of $3 or $5 per table for June 21 directly to the national association. Clubs have the option of contributing their fees to a local association or to the national organization The ACBL also awards full master points for these games.

It was the third consecutive year Canandaigua club director Mary Miller has participated in “The Longest Day” campaign. For the past three years Mary has contributed the donations to the Rochester & Finger Lakes Alzheimer’s Association. In the two previous years, the club raised a total of $3,400, nearly doubling the total for 3 years to more than $6,000.

“Mary and the Canandaigua bridge players are a wonderful asset to our association,” says Joe Lynch, the Rochester Alzheimer’s Assn.’s director of development. “We greatly appreciate their financial support for our programs.”

Canandaigua club regulars and guests filled 10 tables in each of two sessions at the First Congregation Church on Main Street in Canandaigua on “The Longest Day.” Mary usually has only one evening game on Wednesday, but for this event she holds two games: one in the afternoon and another in the evening.

Mary suggested a donation of $10, but players could contribute more if they wanted. A number of non-bridge players also contributed. And the First Congregational Church also contributed by not charging a rental fee for the game room for that day.

The Ithaca Bridge Club contributed $3,300 to the national association, reports club director Edythe Krauss, that includes “some very generous contributions…one for $500!” The players donated half of the total, which was matched by the club treasury as it usually does for charity games. This was the third year the club had participated in “The Longest Day” event.

“We don’t charge a fee for charity games,” Edythe explains, “but we did suggest a donation of $10 or more.”

Both Mary and Edythe are members of the Unit 112 Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. “Mary and Edythe and the Canandaigua and Ithaca bridge clubs are to be congratulated for their continuing support of the ACBL’s “The Longest Day,” says DeWitt Henricks, Unit 112 president. “Many of our families and friends have been adversely affected by Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases. They need our support.”

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