$8,000+ Raised Under The Banner “The Longest Day®” Alzheimer’s Association Fundraiser

For the fourth consecutive year, duplicate and social bridge, mahjongg and canasta players gathered at various locations across the Peninsula to raise money to advance research to treat, prevent and, ultimately, cure Alzheimer's, and provide programs and support to improve the lives of those affected today by this terrible disease.

Williamsburg Team Captains Jane Farthing and Cathy Hildebrand, with support from Dianne Morton and Patricia Richeson, organized fundraising events, with lunches and dinners followed by card and mahjongg games at Ford's Colony and Governor's Land. Additional games were held at the Peninsula Bridge Center in Newport News. Participants donated money to play in the games while local merchants donated door prizes to help raise funds too. Additionally, District Six of the American Contract Bridge League donated "free plays" as door prizes for bridge players who play in regional tournaments across the mid-Atlantic. Six lucky players won the free plays.

In total, more than $8,000 was raised, a big jump from last year's total of over $5,000. Team Captain Jane Farthing said "we are fortunate to have such caring and giving people in our area who understand the devastating impact this disease brings to individuals and families."

Today, over 35 million people across the world are living with Alzheimer's, including more than 5 million Americans. In the United States alone, more than 15 million caregivers generously dedicate themselves to those with Alzheimer's and dementia.

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