The Longest Day is a sunrise-to-sunset event to raise funds to fuel the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. Held on the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, this event challenges participants to push their limits and complete approximately 16 hours of a consecutive activity – such as playing bridge. It’s one day to honor the strength, heart and endurance displayed by people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers every day.

The Longest Day will be held on Wednesday, June 21, 2017.

From sunrise to sunset on June 21, 2017.

The first step in participation is registration. For participants in the United States and Canada, visit alz.org/acbl and follow the prompts to officially register with the Alzheimer’s Association. Use code “ACBL” for free registration. Next, you schedule as many games as desired on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. All games are eligible for upgraded masterpoints. See the ACBLscore instructions for more information.

In addition to bridge play, we ask clubs and players to fundraise for the cause. When you register, you will receive a guide with information to assist you with fundraising and operations of your The Longest Day event.

We have relaxed our sanction rules for June 21, 2017 to allow all ACBL clubs to participate – even those without a regular Wednesday sanction. We are also allowing your The Longest Day team to play bridge in any location. Instructions for setting up games in ACBLscore for The Longest Day can be found here.

Ideally, we would like all clubs to play marathon bridge for the duration of The Longest Day but we realize that may not be possible. Just as each bridge club is their own fundraising team, so is the ACBL. Any amount of time you play on June 21 while raising funds for the Alzheimer’s Association will help Team ACBL achieve its goal of having bridge played from sunrise to sunset. If you can’t play bridge the duration of event, there are other ways to still actively participate. Your fundraising team could play bridge online when not at the club, hold bridge exhibitions around your city or conduct free bridge lessons for the community.

ACBL’s goal is for each club fundraising team to raise a minimum of $100/hour of activity; however, you can input your own fundraising goal when you register. We encourage you to challenge yourself and set a goal that represents the commitment that you are making.

This event does include a fundraising component. Every dollar you raise goes to support the Alzheimer’s Association. We know that the idea of asking people for money can be intimidating, especially if it’s not something you’ve done before. Most people are pleasantly surprised at the response they receive when asking friends and family for donations. If you use the tools provided, your goal should be achievable. If you do fall short of the goal, your team will not be billed or charged.

For The Longest Day, funds raised go to further the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association.

To learn more about the Association and its work on a local, national and global level, visit: www.alz.org

The ACBL will send in your sanction fees collected on June 21, 2017 directly to the Alzheimer’s Association.For the other funds raised by your club and players, there are two different options for submitting directly to supporting charity organizations. The first and best option is to have donors visit your fundraising page on The Longest Day. From here, there is an option to “donate,” and a confirmation of donation will be automatically generated. If you would prefer to mail donations, please use the included donation form or download another from the ACBL Resource Center. If you are sending in multiple checks via mail, a receipt will be sent to the name and address of each donor as it appears on their check.

Games played on June 21, 2017 are eligible to receive upgraded black masterpoints, as long as you are not within a 25 mile radius of a Regional or Sectional tournament.

Clubs have the opportunity to hold as many special fund games as desired between 12:00 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. on June 21, 2017. There are two options for the type of special game you can run on The Longest Day. Both options receive full masterpoint awards.

If you choose to run a regular game (18+ boards), the sanction fee per table for a game is $5.00 ($1.00 table fee + $1.00 per player). This is just like a special game typically run at the club. The second choice is to run shorter games (12-17 boards) maximizing the number of marathon games you can hold on The Longest Day. If you select the shorter game option, the sanction fee per table for a game is $3.55 ($.55 table fee + $.75 per player).

ACBL donates 100% of the table and sanction fees collected on The Longest Day to the Alzheimer’s Association.

The Longest Day games can only be held only on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. If you would like to hold games to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association on other days, below are the options:

• Regular Club Game

• Charity Club Championship Game:
 This game will use your allocated one fund/foundation game per month for the scheduled session.
 DBADD the game and specify the name of the local charity as Alzheimer’s Association.
 Masterpoint Awards Chart can be found here.

• Club Championship Game:
 This game will use the club championship game your club is allocated once per quarter per sanctioned session.
 Masterpoint Awards Chart can be found here.

• Membership Game:
 This game will use the membership game your club is allocated once per year per sanctioned session.
 Only Life Members and paid ACBL members are allowed to play in this game.
 Masterpoint Awards Chart can be found here.

ACBLscore instructions are located here.

Regular club game fees will be included with your club’s month end report. The club is responsible for sending any additional fees collected directly to the Alzheimer’s Association for all games listed above.