Play bridge, support Alzheimer’s research

Published 10:45 pm Tuesday, May 27, 2014

It’s time to start learning or brushing up on your bridge skills in time to support the American Contract Bridge League’s support of the Alzheimer’s Association’s “The Longest Day” fundraiser.

On the summer solstice — June 21, the longest day of the year — the Alzheimer’s Association holds its Longest Day fundraiser, encouraging folks to do their favorite activity, or pick the favorite activity of someone suffering from Alzheimer’s in their honor or their memory, from sunup to sundown and collect pledges of support.

Here in Suffolk, one observance will feature a marathon bridge session by members and friends of the Nansemond River Duplicate Bridge Club.

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“Anybody that plays bridge is going to be welcome to come that day,” said Dick Hartman, a leader of the group.

Folks can sign up for individual sessions to span the allotted time for the game. The sessions will be held at Suffolk Presbyterian Church, 410 N. Broad St.

People who sign up to play bridge on The Longest Day will be collecting pledges, so there’s an easy way to support the fundraiser, even if you don’t play bridge or can’t make it that day, Hartman said.

“We’re going to go out and shake the bushes and try to get people to support us,” he said.

Last year, more than 160 bridge clubs affiliated with the American Contract Bridge League brought in more than $575,000 for the day. This year’s goal for all bridge teams is $750,000.

To learn how you can support The Longest Day fundraiser through the local bridge club or another activity, visit act.alz.org. Hartman can be reached at 620-6057.