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Blondes Beat Brunettes 26-20 in Overtime, But Real Winner is Alzheimer’s Association!

Sara Allen Abbott and Ryan Triplette, BvB Founders

After a 5-year losing streak with many exceedingly close games, Team Blonde has FINALLY beat Team Brunette 26-20 in Overtime in Washington, D.C.’s Blondes vs. Brunettes powder puff football game. But of course, everyone is a winner as together Blondes and Brunettes raised over $100,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association with Keri Ann Meslar and Amanda Deatherage leading the charge this year!

Alzheimer’s disease most commonly afflicts the old, but in Washington, D.C. and other cities around the country, young women are teaming up to stop it. Players divide along the age-old feminine fault line: Blonde versus Brunette. This flag football game pits brilliant brunettes against bombshell blondes to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter.

Since the first Blondes vs. Brunettes game played at Hains Point in Washington, D.C. on a bitterly cold day yet warmly remembered day in December of 2005, the event has brought many of the District’s most prominent young woman leaders together, and raised over $300,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter.

Last year, this unique charity became a national campaign. The event now takes place in:

Kansas City
New York City
Washington, DC

Now in its sixth year, BvB games have raised more than $1 million combined for the Alzheimer’s Association.

“November is National Alzheimer’s awareness month and it’s only fitting that this Saturday teams will be hitting the gridiron to show their commitment to ending Alzheimer’s disease,” said Amanda Deatherage, Blondes vs. Brunettes 2010 Co-Chair and proud brunette. “We know this game won’t cure anyone today, but Blondes vs. Brunettes is an opportunity to help those with Alzheimer’s tomorrow, and have fun doing it.”

Blondes vs. Brunettes 2010 Co-Chair and rival blonde Keri Ann Meslar added, “Like many of the women who play in Blondes vs. Brunettes, I have had a family member affected by this disease, and I understand how devastating it can be for family and friends. My grandmother continues to be my inspiration, and has inspired my sister to hold a BvB in Chicago, and my brother to begin Goals for Good in Washington, DC.” Meslar continued, “As this game grows with participants and donors and in cities around the country, it will raise awareness and commitment to creating a world without Alzheimer’s.”

It’s a wonderful way for young professional women to bond while playing sports and raising money for a worthy cause! I promise you will love participating in this event!

I am so proud of Sara Allen Abbott and Ryan Triplette for taking this event and running with it! Many people have great ideas, but it’s those who are committed and pursue their dreams to the end which are truly inspirational! These ladies will be featured the NBC Nightly News ‘Making A Difference’ segment, filed by Senior Washington Correspondent Norah O’Donnell. The spot is expected to run next week – likely the evening of Thanksgiving. So please tune in!

– Miss A

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