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Ambassador for the Game

by Barbara Tate

More than 50 tables of bridge honored Zeke Jabbour at a luncheon recently at the Fort Lauderdale (FL) Bridge Club. Zeke was presented with a plaque making him a lifetime club member and we donated $1000 to the National Parkinson Foundation in his name.

Why did we do this? No special reason — Zeke is just a good guy.

Zeke was welcomed by Club Manager Carl Cronrath and several players reminisced about him including Bernace De Young, Martin Hoffman and Lisa Berkowitz. The speech givers’ stories all seemed to mention how helpful he has been to those who sought him out He’s popular not only because of his skill, but because of his demeanor at the table and the support he is always willing to give to the new players.

Zeke also spoke and he was very funny. He said he wished he could get hold of some of the flattering speeches that had just been given as he might be able to raise his rates! Zeke also told about being mistaken for Zia. He was stopped in the elevator once when he had just won an event at a big tournament. The woman asked if he was Zia. Zeke answered, “Yes,” and she said she was so happy he wasn’t the one that wrote that column! (Zeke’s column Winsome & Loathsome appears in the Bridge Bulletin.) Zeke and his wife Sharon have supported the FLBC through participation and attendance at many of the fund raising events that the club sponsors. Sharon is a bridge teacher and a favorite throughout the bridge community.

The club was decorated for the occasion and it was a catered affair. We are proud of Zeke — he is a true gentleman and a fine ambassador for the game.

(Photos are by Bob Guida.)