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Bridge Fundraiser Success - Halifax, Nova Scotia

Recently, in a single afternoon, the Bridge Studio in Halifax, Nova Scotia raised over $1250 for the Brain Injury Association of Nova Scotia (BIANS). Steve Anderson and Jill McCormick organized the game under the auspices of Kathy MacNab and the Bridge Studio in Halifax, N.S. Both Jill and Steve teach and direct at the Bridge Studio. Steve has been a longtime supporter, former board member, volunteer, fund raiser, and past president of BIANS since his wife’s car accident in 1990, which left her brain injured for life. Steve and Jill's plan for the fundraiser was to host a social afternoon of bridge with the emphasis on fun and social interaction. Kathie MacNab, who runs many duplicate bridge games and lessons every week, generously donated the premises and facilities. Kathie and her partner, Bill Halliday also voluntarily assisted with advertising, promoting the event, and running of the game.

A fundraising event coupled with bridge generated an awesome amount of energy and enthusiasm from people: a couple who had not attended a game at the Bridge Studio for several months were contacted personally. An hour later their response was received saying “We’ll be there! It’s a great cause, save us two tickets.” Another couple who just took their first bridge classes in January came out to this event as their first “real” game ever. They made a raft of new friends and were sincerely welcomed into the bridge community. In addition, two of Atlantic Canada’s highest masterpoint holders, Myrtle Moulton and Joe Currie graced the event with their fine table presence and bridge expertise. A number of people could not attend this event but made contributions to BIANS in the form of donations and purchases of raffle tickets. Others, who are not ordinarily big fans of “duplicate” bridge, came out anyway to support BIANS - recognizing the worthiness of the cause. The wonderful support, the contributions, the donations of food for pot luck, and the friendly atmosphere generated by all the participants made this event a huge success.

BIANS Charity Game