Evansville bridge players raise money for Alzheimer's Association

Evansville bridge players raise money for Alzheimer's Association

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - The Evansville Duplicate Bridge Club took part of the "The Longest Day" challenge on Monday.

Over 200 clubs around the country are participating in this event where games of bridge go on from sunrise to sunset.

During that time, family, friends, and community members drop by donations.

In the end, all the money collected will go towards Alzheimer's research.

Lon Bell is the co-chairman of the event and played in honor of his brother-in-law who is in the early stages of Alzheimer.

"He's doing by, getting by the best he could right now," Bell said.

Lon, along with many others, wore their loved ones names on their chest helping raise money for the Alzheimer's Association.

It's called "The Longest Day" because everyday is the longest day for someone with Alzheimer.

"There is a theory that the more mentally active you stay as you age, it can prevent early on stage Alzheimer," Bell said.

Bell brought the event to Evansville 3 years ago, and he said it keeps growing every year.

All of the money they raise will go towards research for people like his brother-in-law.

"Alzheimer is on a pretty steep path, there's no known cure, no known treatment, so that's why they're doing research and that's why we're helping to support the research and also for the caregivers," Bell said.

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