Hundreds play bridge to raise Alzheimer’s awareness

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Avid bridge players put their skills to the test.

“I’m here at least three times a week,” said Diane Black, a duplicate bridge player.

“Four or five times a week if my wife lets me out of the house,” said Rob Lorck, a bridge player.

Monday, hundreds turned out to the Colorado Springs bridge club, playing to raise funds for research with the Alzheimer’s Association.

It’s a nationwide event held to make a difference.

“It’s just so heartwarming to see that people really care and are so generous,” said Ann Parker, board vice president of Unit 360 of the American Contract Bridge League.

Games started early in the morning at 5:30 and continued on till sunset.

Bridge players say it’s a game that keeps their mind sharp.

“One of the things we do to play bridge is that it stops us from getting feeble,” Lorck said.

“You have to count the cards, you have to think, you have to bid, so, it keeps you up,” Black said.

This is the third year for the bridge club to hold the fundraiser with the American Contract Bridge League, and club officials said they see new faces every year.

“Many of us here at the club have friends who have Alzheimer’s or relatives. It’s one of those things that we feel very passionate about,” Parker said.

“I’m here to play the game,” Black said.

100 percent of the funds raised will go toward the Alzheimer’s Association. Last year, the club raised nearly $7,000. This year they hope to raise just as much.

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