Hometown: Global Alzheimer’s Fundraiser on Friday Features Some Local Events

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The Longest Day – a worldwide event to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association – will take place Friday, with a few events scheduled locally.

The Longest Day is a sunrise-to-sunset team event to raise funds for the nonprofit. This event is about patience, strength and endurance, according to a press release, which is “a challenge that reflects the experiences that nearly 15 million caregivers face every day.” On The Longest Day, thousands of participants will complete about 16 hours of consecutive activities such as running, marathon games of bridge at local American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) locations and hiking the Grand Canyon.

“Alzheimer’s is so debilitating,” said local resident Jane Farthing, who is hosting an ACBL event Friday Two River’s Country Club in Williamsburg. “The more I read about it, something like 1 in 8 baby boomers will have it.

“I wanted to participate because I thought about my father-in-law and know my mom is heading down that same way, so this is a perfect event for me.”

Farthing will be hosting nine tables of duplicate bridge, 3-4 tables of social bridge, and 3-4 tables of mahjong at Two Rivers to collect funds. About 60 people have signed up for the event on Friday, which kicks off at 6 p.m. with music, a cash bar, and buffet. The games begin at 6:30 p.m.

To sign up, contact Farthing at 703-850-9635.

Cathy Hildebrand of the ACBL at Ford’s Colony in Williamsburg will also be hosting an all-day event starting at 9:15 a.m. Friday with party bridge Chicago-style; at noon it will be duplicate pairs for $10 along with a panel discussion of the hands played.

At 5 p.m. dinner will be served, and at 6 p.m. there will be a Swiss-team game. There will also be a silent auction and lunch. To sign up, contact Hildebrand at 757-345-3793 or email her at childebrand1@earthlink.net.

Missy Kerner, the owner of Body Balance Studio in Williamsburg, is offering free classes from sunrise to sunset on June 21 to help with the effort. Visit the studio’s website for a list of classes.

The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Its mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.