Bridge Trumps Alzheimer’s
More than 160 bridge clubs and tournaments participated in the ACBL’s inaugural partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association for their signature fundraising event, The Longest Day. ACBL players and sponsors contributed about $300,000 of the $904,000 raised for the event, held June 21, in honor of those fighting Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers.
The ACBL Charity Foundation kicked things off with a $50,000 gift.
Preliminary numbers show three ACBL teams – excluding the ACBL Headquarters team – in the top five fundraisers: Sagamore Bridge Club (Syossett NY), Bridge Academy of North Dallas and Bridge Center of Austin.
Donations are being turned in to the Alzheimer’s Association through the end of July and ACBL teams are expected to climb even higher in the fundraising ranks. Sagamore Bridge Club is expected to overtake the current top fundraising team with more than $75,000 raised.
Essex Bridge Center (Livingston NJ) landed in the top 10 teams, while The Mixed Nuts (Skaneateles NY), the NVBA Bridge Heroes (Springfield VA) and Duke City BC (Albuquerque NM) finished in the top 25.
In addition to funds raised, bridge clubs across the country made headlines. The majority of broadcast stories related to The Longest Day featured bridge clubs. More than 50 articles were written about bridge and The Longest Day and some players even made front-page news!
Thank you to our members, clubs and tournaments that gave their time, energy and effort to The Longest Day.