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Over fifty people attended The Longest Day Fund Raiser at Build Better Bridge on June 21. Sixteen of those took the name quite literally and were there all day, some from 8 AM til 10:30 PM.
The day started with bagels provided by Paneras and The Klein’s (Nancy talked them into half price and donated the cost). From 9-11 social players kept four tables filled. Many did not know each other and were mixed and matched with each other and some Longest Day helpers as well. At 11, The Boardman’s donated Subway sandwiches to go along with the Alzheimer Lunch and Learn. A speaker from Alzheimer’s came with two volunteers effected by the disease. Mary has Alzheimer’s and told her story with her care-giver husband giving his perspective. It was inspiring as well as educational. There were 35 in the audience and many eyes were watering.
The point-enhanced duplicate games were at 12:30 and 6:30. Each had 8 tables. Many came for just one of the games. A few die-hards played all day. Results can be found at the CR bridge web site.
Throughout the day Jan Hinrichs collected free-will donations and wrote receipts. Jack Murphy was the raffle ticket salesman, complete with hat and a great sales pitch. Mona Bertrand won the $80 in restaurant cards.
Thursday, MaryAnn turned in nearly $1000 in proceeds from the donations and raffle tickets. Six dollars out of each eight dollar entry fee will be donated to Alzheimer’s but that will need to go through the ACBL. With the pre-donations, that should make almost $2000 raised for the cause. You still have time to donate online and push us over the 2000 mark. Probably only the pre-donations will show up now. Others are being processed.
Thanks to committee members: Jan and Duane Hinrichs, Paul and Nancy Klein, Connie Hellenthal, Jack Murphy, Jim and MaryAnn Boardman, and Ashok and Purnima Chawla for all their work for this benefit. Not only did this group plan, recruit, and organize, but they kept everyone supplied with munchies for the whole long day. What a tremendous day!