“Bridge-a-thon” to combat Alzheimer’s

Staff report

LAURINBURG — A local bridge group will dedicate a full day of play next month to fighting Alzheimer’s Disease.

In a local version of “The Longest Day” fundraising event, Bridge-at-the-Village will hold games on June 20 at the Belk store in the Scotland Crossing Shopping Center beginning at 10 a.m.

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, the event challenges participants to push their limits and complete approximately 16 hours of a consecutive activity.

The effort is designed to mirror the strength, heart, and endurance displayed by people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers every day. It gives supporters an opportunity to honor the more than 35 million people worldwide who are living with Alzheimer’s.

At 5 p.m., play will move from Belk to the Scotia Village Café to conclude the fund raising event as a part of the Bridge-at-the-Village club’s regular game time. This will be the first time for the local group to join the national American Contract Bridge League effort.

Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States, and the only cause of death among the top 10 that cannot be prevented, stopped, or even slowed. In Canada, nearly 15 percent of the population age 65 and older are currently living with Alzheimer’s or dementia. A number of studies indicate that maintaining strong social connections and keeping mentally active, through activities such as playing bridge, might delay a person’s cognitive decline and possible dementia onset.

Bridge-at-the-Village is an ACBL-sanctioned club, and one of six clubs in North Carolina currently registered as participating in The Longest Day event. The other participating clubs are in Morehead City, Cornelius, Greensboro, Asheville, and Durham.

For the event at the Belk Store on Monday, June 20, games will be scheduled in two-and-a-half hour blocks, providing playing opportunities for as many players as possible during the day. Bridge clubs are invited to register to play a table of rubber or Chicago bridge and to solicit financial supporters for the effort.

As space is limited, registrations will be honored on a first come, first served basis. Opportunities to contribute will be offered at Belk, and all funds raised will be sent directly to the Alzheimer’s Association.

For further information or to register, contact Mac Doubles at 910-277-7512.

Staff report

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