Saturday, August 6th at SMU’s Westcott Field as Blondes try to defend their 3-0 Title
BvB Dallas Fundraising Total Surpasses $500,000
Can’t wait for football season? On Saturday, August 6th, over 150 of Dallas’ most beautiful and talented young professionals will take the field at SMU’s Westcott Field in the 4th Annual Blondes vs. Brunettes Powder-Puff Football Game presented by Bud Light. The annual game, which raises money to help find a cure for Alzheimer’s, kicks-off with a pre-game show at 7:00pm, with Representative Dan Branch and Mary Frances Burleson, President of Ebby Halliday Companies, flipping the coin and representing the company as a Touchdown Sponsor for the second year in a row.
The game is comprised of 65 women on each side of the field, representing Team Blonde and Team Brunette, supported by their male coaches, who teach them drills, routes and plays for the game-- all the while, fundraising and raising awareness of Alzheimer’s disease off the field from June until mid-August. Each player and coach dedicates their summer to the cause: more than 60% of the participants have been touched by Alzheimer's disease in some way, whether it is a family member, friend or neighbor.
"I joined this organization to be the voice for my mom who is suffering silently from early-onset Alzheimer’s," says Team Brunette veteran, Catelyn Cappleman, who attended the game in 2009 and decided to join the 2010 season. "BvB has given me the opportunity to fight back against this disease that has stolen so much from my mom and my family. I have met so many amazing people through Blondes vs. Brunettes. Everyone has a different story, but we’re all dedicated to the same cause.”
The last three games have raised a combined $415,000 for bi-lingual programming, 24/7 helpline, Safe-
Return and most importantly, research to find a cure. This season, the players and coaches have already raised $151,000 bringing the BvB Dallas fundraising total well past the half-million dollar mark. The goal for this year's game is to raise $215,000 by game-day. Team Brunette’s goal is to win their first game in 3 years.
Eric Freed, Head Coach for the 3-0 Team Blonde, has participated in the game since it was founded in 2008. At the time, he was participating in honor of his wife’s grandmother, until he learned of his own grandmother’s diagnosis earlier this year, “It has always been an important cause because it affects so many of my friends, but now it affects me directly. I’m dedicated to finding a cure so that the next generation of young-professionals won’t have the emotional and financial burden that our parents have and that we have.”
“Alzheimer’s disease is an increasing problem for 5.4 million families in this nation, and in fact, it surpassed diabetes as the 6th leading cause of death. BvB Dallas knows that this disease doesn’t just affect older people—it is devastating to the families and younger generations that take care of them. This has fueled their passion and vision for an event that makes a true difference in the lives of those struggling with this daily reality in our community,” said Mike Spencer, president and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Dallas. “The last three games have raised a combined $415,000 to support our programs. We look forward to watching these amazing young women and men fly past a half-million dollars in contributions this year. To say that we appreciate their efforts and the impact that they have made is an understatement.”
The Blondes vs. Brunettes football game has become a summer tradition in Dallas. Last year, more than 1,200 fans braved the triple-digit temperatures to cheer on their favorite team. This year’s attendance is expected to be even larger.
“It’s by far one of the best football match-ups of the year, and I have no doubt this year will be any different. Everyone wins in the end, especially the Alzheimer’s Association,” said Jack Broyles, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Greater Dallas Chapter and son of College Football Hall-of-Famer, Frank Broyles.
Local and national brands that have stepped-up to sponsor the game in support of the cause include presenting sponsor Bud Light, Ebby Halliday Companies, Camp Gladiator, Senior Care Centers, Presbyterian Communities and Services, Friedman & Feiger Attorneys at Law, The Biz, and Yelp.
The Ticket’s Ty Walker will call the game for the 3rd year in a row.
Tickets to the game are included in a $25 donation to BvB Dallas. To donate online and for more information, visit www.bvbdallas.org