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Tournaments Support The Longest Day

Lew Klein of Clementon NJ was helping to care for his mother, Anita, an Alzheimer’s patient, when he came across an article about The Longest Day in the Bridge Bulletin. He was inspired to participate.

Klein learned that The Longest Day coincided with District 4’s Valley Forge Regional and he immediately contacted the district. “They were glad to allow my team to run a program at the regional and Tom Weik, the district president, was the first person to donate to our team,” said Klein.

Thanks to an email campaign by Klein and his team, a wall at the Valley Forge Regional will be decorated with photos of players’ loved ones that have been affected by Alzheimer’s disease. The photos will be underneath a banner that reads “Memories lost – but not forgotten.” Klein and his team will also accept donations on-site for the Alzheimer’s Association.

While planning his event for The Longest Day, Anita lost her battle with Alzheimer’s. “While this was a difficult time, I continued with the help of my teammates, including Michael Mayer, who did such a great job creating the flyer we are using,” said Klein. “My team looks forward to June 21 so we can join all the other teams involved in this worthy cause.”

District 17 Director Bonnie Bagley announced, “The District 17 Board voted to donate $1 for every table played at the Las Vegas Regional on June 21. We are so thrilled to be a part of this event.”

Other tournaments accepting donations on The Longest Day include the Norfolk Virginia Beach Summer Sectional, Klamath Falls Sectional and the Detroit District Sectional.

ACBL is the Alzheimer Association’s inaugural partner in The Longest Day. This year’s theme is “Do something you love” on June 21— the longest day of the year — in honor of those fighting Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. ACBL clubs across North America are planning a day full of bridge-related activities to raise awareness and funds for the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association.

For a complete list of ACBL- affiliated teams click here, and select the ‘Join a Team’ button. If you can’t participate in The Longest Day, but would like to make a tax- deductible donation to the ACBL Headquarters team or any ACBL affiliated team click here.

To find a club holding games on June 21 in support of The Longest Day, please click here.

If your club is holding charity games on The Longest Day and would like to be listed contact Patty.Taylor@acbl.org.