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Bridge Players Donated More Than a Quarter Million in 2011

Last year, ACBL Members participated in more than 14,000 Charity Games at their local clubs. The money earned from these special games benefits the ACBL Charity Foundation in their effort to make a difference in the local communities of the ACBL Members. A total of $277,500 was donated by Members, through the ACBL Charity Foundation, to support 78 local charity organizations within their home communities.

During 2011, ACBL Districts 8, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19*, and 25 each received grants of $30,000 to divide among their local areas as they saw fit. The ACBL is pleased to announce its Members selected the following charities to receive the allocated funds during 2011:

Salvation Army
American Red Cross

“Over the last year, the Red Cross has helped many people in our area get back on their feet after the terrible tornados in St. Louis and Joplin,” said Unit 143 vice president, Debbie Romero. “In recognition of their outstanding work here, throughout the nation and the world, it is my pleasure to present the Red Cross with this check for $6,000 on behalf of Unit 143 and the ACBL.”

Bridge players donate to American Red Cross

Community Harvest Food Bank
Geneva Food Bank

“I chose the Geneva Food Bank since it distributed food to pretty much the same area our bridge unit covers,” said Unit 239 president, Karl Dencker. “We have 10 bridge clubs within our unit and each frequently holds a weekly charity game with proceeds benefitting the ACBL Charity Foundation. This year’s $6,000 donation is extra and something special.”

Geneva Food Bank

Pictured are Karl Dencker, President of District 8 and Unit 239, on right presenting to Pete Schaefer, CEO and President of North Illinois Food Bank, on left. Watching from left to right: Linda Shaw, Diane Clark, John Javella, Alma Karas, Kay Korte, and Marilyn Croft

St. Louis Shriners Hospital
The Dayton Foodbank
Fernside Inc, Center for Grieving Children
Society of St. Vincent DePaul

“They serve such a large number of clients every day, and the work of the all-volunteer organization is without equal,” said Central Indiana Bridge Association president, Maribeth Ransel. “We were happy to provide SSVdP with a check for $6,000 from the charity program of ACBL to be used for the work of the food pantry.”

Presentation to Society of St. Vincent DePaul

Kentucky Pink Connection
Alzheimers – Columbus Chapter
Toledo Seagate Food Bank
Eastern MI Univ Foundation
WMU Foundation – Foster Care/Youth
Saginaw Public Libraries
Development Centers Inc
NARAL Pro Choice Wis
Kohl Children’s Museum
Hope House of Milwaukee
Children’s Hospital Foundation
Canadian Paraplegic Association
Loaves of Fishes Benevolent Society
Emergency Housing Exchange
Christina Reformed World Relief Committee
Rhode Island Food Bank
Connecticut Food Bank
Vermont Food Bank
New Hampshire Food Bank
Food Bank of Western Massachusetts
Good Shepherd Food Bank

Additional Trustee Grants, totaling $61,000 were donated to:

Down Syndrome Louisville
Crohn’s & Colitis Northeast Ohio Chp
1st Choice no more Homeless
Canadian Ladnmine Foundation Para
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Marcus Austism Center for the Cards for a Cause

District Director Grants totaled $36,500 and were donated to 42 different charities across the United States and Canada. For more information and a full list of 2011’s ACBL Charity Foundation donations visit

*Districts 1 & 2 are not included in the cycle because charity funds are collected by the Canadian Bridge Federation.

**Due to their membership, districts 18 & 19 share funds on a 60/40 split.