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Longest Day Event Raises More Than $10,000 To Fight Alzheimer’s



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While final dollars are not yet tallied, organizers said the Newtown Bridge Club and Newtown Scrabble Club’s sixth annual Longest Day fundraiser definitely cleared more than $10,000 to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.

The Longest Day event was actually held over three days, with online games Saturday, June 18, and Sunday, June 19, and a day of in-person bridge and Scrabble games 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 along with 16 players in the Scrabble tournaments, with games at 10 am, and 2 and 6 pm.

The online portion was partnered with the American Contract Bridge League, which hosted the games at acbl.org.

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

While Mulholland said that the bridge club has been struggling to get players back after the pandemic, the Longest Day event had a “wonderful turnout.” In addition, she said, “many generous donations from our players, families and friends added to our donation total.”

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

The event had a bridge potluck lunch with bridge players each providing a dish to serve six people, and a complimentary dinner for both 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 jim@thebee.com.

Playing bridge as part of a tournament during Newtown Bridge Club’s Longest Day fundraising event are Judy Paletta (left), Mike Heider, Nancy Robertson and Russ Sackowitz. —Bee Photo, Taylor
Volunteers help put together a complimentary dinner for bridge club and Scrabble players during Newtown Bridge Club’s Longest Day fundraising event on June 22. —Bee Photo, Taylor
The SJK Jazz Band members played during Newtown Bridge Club’s Longest Day 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
Among those playing Scrabble at Newtown Bridge Club’s Longest Day fundraising event were Jim Fonti (left) and Kevin McCarthy. —Bee Photo, Taylor
A complimentary dinner was given to all players of the bridge and Scrabble games before the final games of the Longest Day fundraising event. —Bee Photo, Taylor
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