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The Longest Day

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The Longest Day
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Playing Bridge to Raise Funds

The Longest Day is an annual fundraising event held to support the fight against Alzheimer’s disease by the Alzheimer’s Association. This is the eighth year of our partnership with the organization, and our community has raised more than $6 million! (Funds raised in Canada are donated to the Alzheimer Society of Canada.)

The event spans the longest day of the year, the Summer Solstice, and symbolizes the challenging journey of those living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.

Bridge is uniquely suited for The Longest Day because studies have shown that playing strategic games, like bridge, help keep your brain healthy. The Alzheimer’s Association has even included playing bridge on its list of alz.acbl which will give them a special link to use for direct donations for their team.

Fundraising isn’t limited to contributing sanction fees or direct donations, though. Things like bridge lessons and raffles or even just a simple online donation to your local team go a long way in this fight.

The Longest Day 2021

For 2021, sanction fees from games held in Virtual Clubs on the weekend of The Longest Day (Sat-Sun., June 19-20) will be donated. To learn more about Virtual Clubs, visit acbl.org/virtual. Clubs who have returned to face to face play can choose their Longest Day during the week of June 20-27, 2021. Please follow CDC guidelines and recommendations from local health officials when participating with those outside of your household.


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Use the buttons above to sign up your club (or group of clubs), Unit or Tournament as an official “team” fighting to end Alzheimer’s on The Longest Day. To demonstrate your commitment, we ask each bridge team to raise funds and awareness to fuel the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association.

When you register to participate in The Longest Day, you will receive:

  • Registration toolkit complete with Team Captain Guide and The Longest Day branded materials from the Alzheimer’s Association
  • Coaching emails to guide you from team planning through event day operations
  • The opportunity to win The Longest Day prizes

Use the code “ACBL” for free registration on the Alzheimer’s Association (US) website.

Register Your Event with ACBL

After you have registered with the Alzheimer’s Association, you must also register with ACBL to appear in the participating clubs list. Only register here if you are holding face to face games.

Register Your Event

Non-registration participation instructions

Thank you for your interest in The Longest Day. While official registration is encouraged and makes your event more fun and exciting for your players, it is not a requirement to hold virtual Alzheimer’s games June 19 and 20, 2021.

The online games will offer double regular club masterpoints, and the sanction fees will be $4 per table instead of $1 per table.

If your club doesn’t plan to officially register with the Alzheimer’s Association and you elect to raise additional funds to help the fight against Alzheimer’s, please fill out the donation form linked below and follow the instructions to send the funds directly to the beneficiary.

Alzheimer’s Association Donation Form


Team Resources

FAQ
What is The Longest Day?
The Longest Day is a sunrise-to-sunset event to raise funds to fuel the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. Held on the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, this event challenges participants to push their limits and complete approximately 16 hours of a consecutive activity – such as playing bridge. It’s one day to honor the strength, heart and endurance displayed by people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers every day.
When is The Longest Day?
For 2021, the ACBL will allow Virtual Clubs to hold online Longest Day games on June 19 and 20, 2021 on Bridgebase.com. To learn more about Virtual Clubs, visit acbl.org/virtual. Clubs that have returned to face-to-face play can choose their Longest Day for special games during the week of June 20-27, 2021. Please follow CDC guidelines and recommendations from local health officials when participating with those outside of your household.
How long is The Longest Day?
For Virtual Clubs: From sunrise to sunset on June 19 and 20, 2021. For face-to-face clubs: One chosen day during the week of June 20-27, 2021.
How can my bridge club participate?
Your first step is to register your club/team with the Alzheimer’s Association (U.S.) or the Canadian Bridge Federation (Canada). This will allow you to directly donate funds. Visit alz.org/acbl) or cbf.ca. (Use the code “ACBL” for free registration with the Alzheimer’s Association.
In addition to donating directly, you can play in a Virtual Club during June 19-20(Sat.-Sun.) at Bridge Base Online.
Clubs who have returned to face-to-face play can choose their Longest Day during the week of June 20-27, 2021. Please follow CDC guidelines and recommendations from local health officials when participating with those outside of your household. The Alzheimer’s games will award double regular club masterpoints, and the fees will be given to the Alzheimer’s Association and the Alzheimer Society of Canada.
What if my club doesn’t have a sanction for June 2021?
You do not need a special sanction for face-to-face or online Alzheimer’s games; however, the club needs be a Virtual Club to hold games online.
Are we required to run games from sunrise to sunset?
Ideally, we would like all clubs to play marathon bridge for the duration of The Longest Day, but we realize that may not be possible. Just as each bridge club is their own fundraising team, so is the ACBL. Any amount of time you play on The Longest Day while raising funds for the Alzheimer’s Association will help Team ACBL achieve its goal of having bridge played from sunrise to sunset.
Do I have to raise money to participate in the event?
We encourage you to challenge yourself and set a goal that represents the commitment that you are making.
What if I can’t raise the suggested minimum? What kind of support will you provide?
This event does include a fundraising component. Every dollar you raise goes to support the Alzheimer’s Association. We know that the idea of asking people for money can be intimidating, especially if it’s not something you’ve done before. Most people are pleasantly surprised at the response they receive when asking friends and family for donations. If you use the tools provided, your goal should be achievable. If you do fall short of the goal, your team will not be billed or charged.
Where does the money go?
For U.S. clubs, funds raised will go to further the efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. For Canadian clubs, funds raised will assist the Alzheimer Society of Canada.
How does the Alzheimer's Association receive the money our club raises? Do donors receive a receipt?
The The ACBL will send the sanction fees collected from online Alzheimer’s games, whether played online on June 19 and 20 or in face-to-face clubs on their chosen day, directly to the Alzheimer’s Association or Alzheimer Society of Canada.
For additional donations by your club and players to a charity organization, you can either directly visit the website (clubs registered with the Alzheimer’s Association will have a specific page and donation link) or mail in your donations. For donations to the Alzheimer’s Association, use the donation form in the Team Captain kit or download another from the Team Resources section on this page. If you are sending multiple checks via mail, a receipt will be sent to the name and address of each donor as it appears on the check.
Do players receive upgraded masterpoints?
Games played in Virtual Clubs on June 19 and 20 receive double regular club masterpoints.
For face-to-face Alzheimer’s games, clubs may run either 12- or 18-board games. For the 18-board games, masterpoints will be 100% of a full game and then doubled. For 12-board games, masterpoints will be 60% of a full game and then doubled.
What are the sanction fees for games played on The Longest Day?
The online games will offer increased masterpoints, and the sanction fees will be $4 per table instead of $1 per table.
How do I hold Longest Day Games Online?
Any Virtual Club games June 19 or 20, 2021 will automatically be included in the event.