The Long Beach Bridge Club (LBBC), an American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) club, will play a marathon of bridge on June 21 and host a fundraiser as part of The Longest Day ® to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association ® .
The LBBC will hold duplicate bridge games from 12:30 pm until 4:00 pm and from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. A potluck lunch will be served prior to the game at 11:45 am and a light supper at 6:30 prior to the evening game. Duplicate card fees are $10/person. All bridge players are welcome, as tables for social groups will be available throughout the day. All card fees will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association ®.
“We’re playing bridge because studies have shown that playing mentally and socially stimulating games leads to healthy aging of the brain,” said Kevin Lane, event coordinator. “We want to invite the entire community to come play if you know how or come learn if you don’t.”
Currently, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and that number is expected to triple by 2050. The Longest Day is a sunrise-to- sunset event honoring the strength, heart and endurance of those facing Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers.
As a global partner of The Longest Day, the ACBL has supported hundreds of bridge clubs across the country for five years to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s disease. So far, bridge players have donated more than $2 million to the Alzheimer’s Association. This is the first year the LBBC has participated in the event.
“The dedication by American Contract Bridge League to The Longest Day in communities across the country remains unwavering,” said Donna McCullough, vice president, mass market and corporate development, Alzheimer's Association. “It is the support of ACBL and all those participating in The Longest Day that will help change the trajectory of Alzheimer's disease for millions.”
For more information and to join the fun visit http://longbeachbridge.com/, or contact the club at 562-498- 8113
About the ACBL
Founded in 1937, the ACBL is the largest bridge organization in the world, serving 167,000 members, 3,200 bridge clubs and sanctioning 1,100 sectional and regional tournaments annually. The ACBL's three North American Bridge Championships each attract up to 5,000 players representing every state in the United States, Canada and about 20 other foreign countries. A challenging and rewarding card game, bridge attracts players of all ages and walks of life – from Bill Gates and Warren Buffett to poker star Phil Gordon. For more information about the ACBL, visit www.acbl.org.
About the Alzheimer’s Association
The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. Visit alz.org or call 800-272-3900.
About the Long Beach Bridge Club
The Club has been in business for over 30 years and was recently reorganized as a not-for-profit organization to continue promoting this wonderful game. This is the first year that the LBBC has participated in this event. The club has lessons for the newer players as well as continuing players. While bridge is the primary focus of the club, the communal aspect is critical to people who live alone without families close by and encourages the socialization of people, young and old, male and female.