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USBF Jr/Pro Charity Team Game - 12/21 @ 4PM EST on BBO

♠♥♣♦ Tis the season to give back to the bridge community; Barry Goren is bringing cheer to USBF Jrs and BBO fans. ♠♥♣♦

Earlier this year, Goren was the highest bidder for Bob Hamman, Curtis Cheek and Bart Bramley for a BBO speedball game in the BridgeWinners’ auction by Platinum CEM in support of ACBL’s partnership with Alzheimer’s Association The Longest Day.

To continue his altruism, Goren created a USBF Jr/Pro Charity Game so that the juniors he mentors can get the experience of playing with these championship all-stars. Together with Lindsey Weinger, who powered the auction and led The Longest Day Efforts in NYC, they’ve planned a charity team game that will be broadcast to all bridge friends via BBO Viewgraph at 4pm EST on Sunday, December 21st.

“I bought 3 pros (Hamman, Cheek and Bramley) in the “Longest Day" auction for treatment of Alzheimer’s. This has morphed into a Jr/pro team game where each of my pros and myself will partner with a junior in a 16 board team match.”

Adding to the fun, legendary Larry Cohen, Joe Grue, Michael & Debbie Rosenberg will be commentating.

Join us on the Shortest Day to support the Longest Day - December 21st at 4PM EST on BBO Vugraph.

♥ With your help we can continue to bring you bridge related events – charity games, auctions and raffles – but we need your participation. ♥

MEET THE TEAMS

♠ Team LV BRIDGEBUMS is made up of Curtis Cheek and Barry Goren, both residents of Las Vegas and advocates of the USBF Jr. program. Barry is coordinator of the USBF Jr. program along with Michael Rosenberg, and Curtis coached the USA2 under-26 team in Istanbul in 2014.

♥ Curtis will partner Ben Kristensen. Ben is a 16 year old from Minnesota. He partnered Kevin Rosenberg as part of the silver-medaling USA1 U21 team in Istanbul.

♥ Barry will partner Michael Hu. Michael, a Californian who is only 11 years old, is new to the USBF Jr. program.

♠ Team SCAPROS is made up of Bart Bramley and Bob Hamman. Both of these champions work at Dallas-based SCA Promotions, which Bob founded in 1986.

♥ Bart will partner Edmund Wu. Edmund is a 24-yr-old from the Bay Area who was on the USA2 and under-26 team that played in Istanbul.

♥ Bob will partner Kevin Rosenberg. Kevin, a 17-year-old Californian from Cupertino, with partner Ben, was part of the silver-medaling USA1 under-21 team in Istanbul. This will create Hamman-Rosenberg part-deux, as Bob partnered Michael (Kevin’s father) in a number of national and World pair games in the 1990s.

♦ ABOUT THE LONGEST DAY ♦

The Longest Day is an initiative to honor the strength, passion and endurance of those facing Alzheimer's disease. On June 21st, 2014 from sunrise to sunset, Team Platinum CEM competed in many bridge-related in clubs and digital media to raise awareness and funds for the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association. After our successful debut, the team comprised ofBridgeWinners' owners, along with members of the GNYBA and Stef's Bridge School look forward to doing it again June 21st 2015!

♦ ABOUT THE USBF JR TRAINING PROGRAM ♦

The USBF JR training program started in 2014 in its current form. It is designed to raise the abilities of young Bridge players with the ultimate goal of winning juniorworld championships. The program is open to all players who qualify as juniors.Michael Rosenberg and Barry Goren are co-organizers. Currently we have about 80 active participants ranging in age from 11-24. We meet on Sundays and Mondays for formal training, with a casual session played on Thursdays. With the help of some of the best players and coaches in the world, we trained and sent 5 teams to the last world championships in Istanbul. One team succeeded in securing a silver medal in the under-21 competition.

We hope to do better in 2016!

♦ Visit www.platinumcem.myevent.com to learn more and to donate to The Longest Day - Team Platinum CEM’s 2015.♦

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