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Pierry Employees Give Back: Touch Football Game to Benefit the Alzheimer’s Association

Marianne Barisonek

Helping Hand
Blondes vs. Brunettes. This battle has been raging for centuries. But on June 25th, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at the University of Denver, Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium, blondes and brunettes will turn their longstanding rivalry into a battle for good and raise money to support the Alzheimer’s Association.

Alzheimer’s Disease affects more than 5 million people in the U.S. As the 6th leading cause of death, it kills more people in the U.S. each year than breast and prostate cancer combined. And anyone who has watched a loved one progress through this disease knows what a long, heartbreaking battle it can be.

That’s why a group of professional women founded Blondes vs. Brunettes® (BvB), an event designed to raise awareness, and funds for combatting Alzheimer’s. BvB takes place in more than 35 cities across the country each year, and has raised more than $3 million since its inaugural game in 2005.

Understanding the impact this disease has on so many families, I decided it was time for me to suit up and participate in my first-ever touch football game. As a former rower, I’m no stranger to hard training. But I have to tell you, this touch football game is no joke! For the past month we’ve been practicing up to two times a week to prepare. (We really want to take those brunettes down!)

We also host weekly fundraising events as a team as another way to bring awareness to the disease, while also raising funds that benefit the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Last year, the Alzheimer’s Association Colorado Chapter BvB game brought in more than $127,000. This year, they’re looking to exceed that number, and that’s where I need your help. Right now, my team (Blondes) is hoping to raise over $72,000. I have a personal goal to raise $600, and would love to not only hit this number, but exceed it.

The money raised at this event will help the Alzheimer’s Association provide resources and education to those living with Alzheimer’s, including patients and caregivers, as well as research for new treatments, and ultimately one day, a cure.

Interested in helping out? Please view my donation page here to contribute.

I want to thank Pierry Software for their corporate sponsorship of the BvB Denver game this year. This contribution will touch many families both in Colorado and across the U.S.

Finally, if you’re in the Denver area on June 25th, be sure to stop by and see who takes home bragging rights—blondes or brunettes!

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