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The Longest Day is a sunrise-to-sunset event to raise funds to fuel the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. Held on the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, this event challenges participants to push their limits and complete approximately 16 hours of a consecutive activity – such as playing bridge. It’s one day to honor the strength, heart and endurance displayed by people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers every day.

This year, the ACBL will allow clubs to hold online Longest Day games June 20 and 21, 2020 on Bridgebase.com.

From sunrise to sunset on June 20 and 21, 2020.

Your first step is to register your club/team with the Alzheimer’s Association (U.S.) or the Canadian Bridge Federation (Canada). This will allow you to directly donate funds. Visit alz.org/acbl) or cbf.ca. (Use the code “ACBL” for free registration with the Alzheimer’s Association.

In addition to donating directly, you can play in a Virtual Club during June 20-21 (Sat.-Sun.) at Bridge Base Online). The Alzheimer’s games will award double regular club masterpoints, and the fees will be given to the Alzheimer’s Association and the Alzheimer Society of Canada.

You do not need a special sanction for Alzheimer’s games; however, the club needs to also be a Virtual Club.

Ideally, we would like all clubs to play marathon bridge for the duration of The Longest Day, but we realize that may not be possible. Just as each bridge club is their own fundraising team, so is the ACBL. Any amount of time you play on The Longest Day while raising funds for the Alzheimer’s Association will help Team ACBL achieve its goal of having bridge played from sunrise to sunset.

We encourage you to challenge yourself and set a goal that represents the commitment that you are making.

This event does include a fundraising component. Every dollar you raise goes to support the Alzheimer’s Association. We know that the idea of asking people for money can be intimidating, especially if it’s not something you’ve done before. Most people are pleasantly surprised at the response they receive when asking friends and family for donations. If you use the tools provided, your goal should be achievable. If you do fall short of the goal, your team will not be billed or charged.

For U.S. clubs, funds raised will go to further the efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. For Canadian clubs, funds raised will assist the Alzheimer Society of Canada.

The ACBL will send the sanction fees collected from online Alzheimer’s games played on June 20 and 21 directly to the Alzheimer’s Association or Alzheimer Society of Canada.

For additional donations by your club and players to a charity organization, you can either directly visit the website (clubs registered with the Alzheimer’s Association will have a specific page and donation link) or mail in your donations. For donations to the Alzheimer’s Association, use the donation form in the Team Captain kit or download another from the ACBL Resource Center. If you are sending multiple checks via mail, a receipt will be sent to the name and address of each donor as it appears on the check.

Games played in Virtual Clubs on June 20 and 21 receive double regular club masterpoints.

For Alzheimer’s games, clubs may run either 12- or 18-board games. For the 18-board games, masterpoints will be 100% of a full game and then doubled. For 12-board games, masterpoints will be 60% of a full game and then doubled.

The online games will offer increased masterpoints, and the sanction fees will be $4 per table instead of $1 per table.

Any Virtual Club games June 20 or 21, 2020 will automatically be included in the event.