Event fundraising

Longest Day Event Raises Over $10,000 to Fight Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted: Jul 02, 2022 7:00 AM

Although final dollars are yet to be tallied, organizers say the sixth annual Newtown Bridge Club and Newtown Scrabble Club fundraiser has definitely raised more than $10,000 to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.

The Longest Day event actually took place over three days, with online games on Saturday June 18 and Sunday June 19, and an in-person bridge and Scrabble day on Wednesday June 22 at Edmond Town Hall.

According to Linda Mulholland, who coordinated the bridge games, the event had 36 and a half bridge tables (146 players) on Wednesday as well as 16 players in the Scrabble tournaments, with games at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

The online portion was in partnership with the American Contract Bridge League, which hosted the games on acbl.org.

Mulholland said the Longest Day fundraising event started in 2017 and ran for three years, with the Scrabble event joining in 2019. In 2020 and 2021, the event grew from a live event to a totally online event due to the pandemic.

While Mulholland said the bridge club was struggling to bring players back after the pandemic, the Longest Day event had a “wonderful turnout”. Additionally, she said, “many generous donations from our players, families and friends have added to our donation total.”

Food was provided all day, with breakfast pastries offered by Bagel Delight and Dunkin’ Donuts.

The event included a bridge potluck lunch with bridge players each providing a dish for six people, and a free dinner for bridge and Scrabble players with dishes donated by Sal e Pepe, Barnwood Grill, Tambascio’s Italian Grill and Blue Colony Diner. Caraluzzi’s, Big Y, Stop & Shop and Farmhouse Restaurant also donated gift cards.

Associate Editor Jim Taylor can be reached at [email protected]

Judy Paletta (left), Mike Heider, Nancy Robertson and Russ Sackowitz play bridge as part of a tournament at the Newtown Bridge Club fundraising event. —Bee Photo, Taylor

Volunteers help organize a free dinner for the bridge club and Scrabble players at the Newtown Bridge Club fundraising event on June 22. —Bee Photo, Taylor

Members of the SJK Jazz Band performed at the Newtown Bridge Club fundraising event on June 22. The band members are Stan Kishner (left) on piano, singer Wendy Matthews and John Krieger on guitar. —Bee Photo, Taylor

Jim Fonti (left) and Kevin McCarthy were among those who played Scrabble at the Newtown Bridge Club’s Longest Day fundraising event. —Bee Photo, Taylor

A free dinner was offered to all players of the Bridge and Scrabble games before the final games of the Longest Day fundraising event. —Bee Photo, Taylor