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Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014
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Cards, camaraderie aim to help thwart Alzheimer’s during Longest Day

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On June 21, the Tampa Bay Bridge Club participated in The Longest Day event. The event, a partnership between the American Contract Bridge League and the Alzheimer’s Association, took place nationwide to raise not only awareness but also funds to fight Alzheimer’s disease.

In Tampa, the Tampa Bay Bridge Club was the only Tampa duplicate bridge club sanctioned by the ACBL to participate.

Over the course of the day, players took part in five bridge games, breakfast, quizzes, lunch and more. Typically, a single game is scheduled on a Saturday.

The Tampa club has more than 300 members and has been in existence since 1981.

In 2013, the ACBL partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association for the first Longest Day. Studies indicate that Alzheimer’s can be delayed by maintaining strong social connections and keeping mentally active — both of which can be accomplished through bridge.

Staff report

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