Playing Bridge is a great way to stay healthy as you age! Research shows the game can keep the mind sharp, enhance social life and nurture partnerships. That’s good news for the 120 guests who signed up for this year’s 2018 Benefit Bridge Luncheon, Wednesday, September 12th at Rumson Country Club hosted by the Navarumsunk Auxiliary. Most of the players who participated in the afternoon tournament were in their 70’s and 80’s and several were in their 90’s! (The American Contract Bridge League estimates the average age of today’s competitive U.S. bridge player is 71.)
The annual event draws bridge enthusiasts from throughout Monmouth County to compete for points and prizes in Duplicate Bridge, or participate in less-competitive Party Bridge matches. Director Roy Samitt and Assistant Director Lynn Chapin with the Jersey Bridge Club direct the event, while members of the Auxiliary help with registration and raffle ticket sales. Auxiliary Chair and life-long bridge enthusiast Arlene Lospinoso says bridge is a great way to stay connected in your older years. She and her bridge partner began playing together shortly after high school and are still playing together, more than 60 years later. This year’s Bridge Benefit Luncheon is expected to raise nearly $5,000 for agency programs and services. To see more photos from the event, visit our photo gallery.