2013-12-12 / Lifestyles

Blondes, brunettes and Buffalo Bills alumni to help tackle Alzheimer’s


Leilani Pelletier, left, executive director of the WNY Alzheimer’s Association; Lynn Wescott, development director of the association; and Deanna Bednarz and Jenn Chodora, co-chairwomen of Blondes vs. Brunettes of Buffalo, gear up for the 2013 Powder Puff game. Leilani Pelletier, left, executive director of the WNY Alzheimer’s Association; Lynn Wescott, development director of the association; and Deanna Bednarz and Jenn Chodora, co-chairwomen of Blondes vs. Brunettes of Buffalo, gear up for the 2013 Powder Puff game. Blondes vs. Brunettes of Buffalo is nearing the end zone when it comes to meeting this year’s fundraising goal. Each year, the group competes in a flag football game and holds various fundraisers to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association of Western New York.

The organization is only $2,000 away from meeting this year’s goal of $80,000. That’s why the women have teamed up with Buffalo Bills alumni to host one final fundraiser for the year.

From noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, the Blondes vs. Brunettes will hold a tailgate party at Armor Inn Saloon, at 5381 Abbott Road, Hamburg.

Buffalo Bills alumni Ruben Brown, Lou Piccone, Bob Schmidt, Ed Rutkowski, Gabe Northern, Al Bemiller, Mike Hamby, Ken Jones, Mark Brammer, Hilton Crawford, Bob Dugan, Pete Mills and Jeff Nixon will sign autographs as the crowd takes in the Bills versus Jacksonville Jaguars football game.

Alumni Jim Kelly and Andre Reed might also make an appearance at the fundraising event.

Tickets are $20, which includes soda and food. The event will include a live auction with signed Bills memorabilia, as well as a 50/50 raffle.

Deanna Bednarz, first-time co-chairwoman of Blondes vs. Brunettes of Buffalo, hopes the group can meet its ambitious goal.

“Our goals increase as the years progress, so it just gets bigger and better,” said Bednarz, who became involved with Blondes vs. Brunettes because of her love of football.

“I had no idea that it was about so much more than that,” she said of the volunteer-driven organization. She referred to the other girls in the group as her family.

While Bednarz admitted that the annual Powder Puff game — played at Sweet Home High School in September — gets competitive, the girls are ultimately there to support one another and raise awareness for Alzheimer’s.

“It’s good for people who want to make friends, or who need a little support and want to be around other people who have been affected by the disease,” Bednarz said.

Proceeds raised by Blondes vs. Brunettes fundraisers are used to aid support groups for Alzheimer’s patients and caregivers, as well as Alzheimer’s Association of WNY programs and research initiatives.

Presale tickets are available online at http://act.alz.org/site/Cal endar?id=109821&view=Detail.

Tickets also can be purchased at the door on the day of the event.

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