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Grass Valley bridge club helps raise money for Alzheimer's research

Members of the Eskaton Bridge & Social Club, led by team captain Larry King, will play bridge for an entire day to raise money for “The Longest Day” — an annual fundraising event for Alzheimer’s research held by the American Contract Bridge League and the Alzheimer’s Association.

King has set a team goal to raise $1,600 by playing bridge for 16 hours in Grass Valley on the longest day of the year – June 21. The Eskaton Bridge & Social Club is located at 625 Eskaton Circle in Grass Valley. This is the second year the team has participated. Last year members raised more than $3,000.

With an average age of 69, ACBL’s members – most of whom play regularly at local bridge clubs – are significantly affected by Alzheimer’s disease. By raising funds as part of The Longest Day program, bridge players are able to honor friends and loved ones who have been stricken with the disease while also keeping their own mental skills sharp, according to the ACBL and the Alzheimer’s Association.

Studies have shown strong links between games, such as bridge, and successful aging.

This is the second consecutive year that ACBL has coordinated with bridge clubs across the United States and Canada to raise funds for The Longest Day. The sunrise-to-sunset event, which is held on the summer solstice, supports the Alzheimer’s Association by providing much-needed resources for the care, support and research efforts it leads. Last year, 160 bridge clubs across the U.S. raised more than half a million dollars for the cause.

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