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LWW bridge club fundraising for Alzheimer’s in June

After raising more than $6,500 for the Alzheimer’s Association despite last year’s COVID restrictions, the Lake Wildwood Duplicate Bridge Club is gearing up for a June fundraiser that will once again include in-person games.

“Each year, I learn a bit more about how the Alzheimer’s organization helps patients and caregivers,” says Deanna Heyser, fundraising co-chair for the last several years. “I have also heard some very uplifting stories from individuals who have sought out the resources the Alzheimer’s Association provides, including the ALZ navigator and the 24-hour hotline. Knowledge is power.”

The club’s “Longest Day” fundraiser traditionally featured bridge played from dawn to dusk on one day in June. But without the option of in-person games during the pandemic, the bridge games moved online and the club added in-person donation sites inside Lake Wildwood. Many residents – including members of the pickleball, tennis and golf communities – have been generous in their support.

“It takes a village,” Deanna says. “And I love my Lake Wildwood village who is supporting our efforts during this fundraiser.”

Eight donation opportunities

This year, the bridge club is offering events from June 18 to June 25. The schedule includes three in-person bridge games, three online bridge games and two in-person drop-off sites.

The club will be collecting donations at booths in the Lake Wildwood Community Center parking lot on Wednesday, June 22, and in front of Holiday Market on Saturday, June 25. Teri Barbaria, managing partner of the Wildwood Center, gave permission for the new fundraising booth in honor of her dad, Bob Nix, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2008 and died last year.

“Teri was the technical expert for her family. Through her online research, she found several drugs that were very helpful in his treatment,” Heyser notes. “She has great respect for the research and education the Alzheimer’s organization provides and is a strong proponent of this cause.”

“The Longest Week” schedule

Here is a full list of club events that will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. Please note that proof of COVID vaccination and one booster is required for all in-person games.

BBO games online: 9:30 a.m. and 1:20 p.m. Saturday, June 18, and 1:20 p.m. Sunday, June 19. $5 per session. Hosted by Unit 461 of the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL). For more information, contact Jaime Newman at jamie.newman701@gmail.com or 530-446-6568.

In-person games at Lake Wildwood: 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, and 1:30 p.m. Friday, June 24. $5 per session. Hosted by Lake Wildwood Duplicate Bridge Club at the Lake Wildwood Community Center, 18955 Wildflower Dr., Penn Valley. June 24 game followed by the club’s annual barbecue. For more information, contact Deanna Heyser at deanna1947@gmail.com or 831-402-2735.

In-person game in Grass Valley: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 22. $5. Hosted by Unit 461 at the Golden Empire Grange, 11363 Grange Ct., Grass Valley. For more information, contact Jaime Newman at jamie.newman701@gmail.com or 530-446-6568.

Donation drop-off booth at Lake Wildwood Community Center: 8-9:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 22. By the pickleball courts near the Lake Wildwood Community Center, 18955 Wildflower Dr., Penn Valley. For more information, contact Bev Britton at bevbritton@sbcglobal.net or 415-827-4821.

Donation drop-off booth at Wildwood Center: 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, June 25. In front of Holiday Market, 11324 Pleasant Valley Road, Penn Valley. For more information, contact Kat Tuttle at katturtle@aol.com or 530-432-4133.




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