Blondes vs. Brunettes is a volunteer-driven event that raises awareness and funds for the Alzheimer’s Association®. Two teams of women – divided to reflect the age-old rivalry between blondes and brunettes – compete in a flag football game to help end Alzheimer’s. The participants also recruit coaches, announcers and other volunteers to build an atmosphere of fierce, friendly competition. Leading up to game day, the two teams participate in a series of events to socialize and increase awareness for Alzheimer’s disease.
On December 3, 2005, the first Blondes vs. Brunettes (BvB) game was played in Washington, DC. BvB founders Sara Allen Abbott and Ryan Triplette each had a personal connection to Alzheimer's and wanted to create an event that would raise funds for the Alzheimer's Association and generate awareness and concern about the disease among other young professionals. With the support of other dedicated young women, the first BvB raised $10,000. In 2012, BvB DC raised $114,000.
Today, BvB has branched out to more than 35 cities and has raised more than $3 million for the Alzheimer’s Association.
"We know that this game won't cure anyone today, tomorrow, or even the day after that," said BvB co-founder Ryan Triplette. "But as this game grows with participants and donors and in cities around the country, it will raise awareness and commitment to finding a cure. It is our hope and firm belief that one day, we will all become Champions because we will find a cure for the disease."
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