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Read the April 8, 2005 Plain Dealer Bridge Column

Help Out Fellow Bridge Players

Over the holidays fire raced through Stephanie and Jeff Alexander’s apartment and they lost all of their belongings, appliances, etc. Insurance will not cover their material loss and not address the huge obstacles in getting their life back together.

If you play in an open club game in our area you have almost certainly played against the Alexanders. You may know them as that nice quiet pair that seem to always win when they play at your club. You may not know their names, but if you do, you know that they are among the finest pairs in our area and in fact in the entire District. I have had players say to me with glee, “We did really well against the Alexander’s today.” I seldom am able to say that!

A community is defined by the relationships it creates. We play bridge for the fun and challenge, but along the way make friends that we keep for the rest of our life. Those friendships and how we relate to the bigger bridge community are what makes bridge a wonderful activity. Let’s all assist the Alexanders in getting through a terrible time.

The Beachwood Duplicate Bridge Club is holding special benefit games for the Alexanders on February 6,7 and 8. The games on the sixth and seventh are at the Fairmount Temple, 23737 Fairmount Blvd., Beachwood and the game on Saturday the eighth is at the Beachwood Community Center, 25325 Fairmount Blvd, Beachwood. All three games start at 11:00am. So come play bridge and your entry fee will benefit the Alexanders and you can make contributions at that time.

Barbara Greenspan has setup a GoFundMe site for the Alexanders and you can visit it here:

GoFundMe For Alexanders

I have never used GoFundMe, but I sure am going to for the Alexanders. The goal is $10,000 and people are already contributing so the goal is in reach. You can also deliver your donation checks to Phil Becker, Susan Stark or Fleur Howard when you see them at club games.

So, please help our fellow bridge players in need by playing in the benefit games and making a contribution that shows you care.





You should play the game for fun. The instant you find yourself playing the game for any other reason, you should rack it up and go on to something else--court tennis, maybe, or old maid. Anything but bridge. Charles Goren

Hardies Standings After November Sectional

Current Standing Name Masterpoints
Phillip Becker
Fleur Howard
Jake Agregado Jr
Kathleen Sulgrove
Doug Snyder
Stephanie Alexander
Robert Alexander
Charles Ladiha
John Bacon
Brian Ellis
Pat Chisholm