Blondes vs. brunettes benefit for Alzheimer's coming to Lincoln
The 2019 RivALZ game is coming to Lincoln this Friday.
It's blondes versus brunettes and the two groups will be playing a game of flag football in order to tackle Alzheimer's disease.
Funds raised by the event will go to help the Alzheimer's Association's care, support and research efforts.
Channel 8 Eyewitness News visited a practice session last week to talked to some participants.
"It's a lot of fun," McKenzie Stauffer said. "It's fun to meet new people and just kind of have that comradery and teamwork."
Mckenzie and her sister Heather are on the brunettes team. They said their mother died of Alzheimer's in 2015.
"It's not something that one person can deal with by themselves and so it really takes a team if somebody's got Alzheimer's," Heather said.
They said the event raises more than money.
"I think it brings awareness more to people and lets them get more information about how they can help support people who have Alzheimer's and their caregivers," McKenzie said.
The game may not be until Friday, but they said the number of people participating is already higher than previous years.
"To see so many women together – dedicated not only to each other and the team, but to a larger cause – I think that speaks volumes for our teammates and just the program, in general," Heather said.
Channel 8's very own Rod Fowler Andrew Ward are both emceeing the game.
It will happen at 6 p.m. Friday at Speedway Village.
Tickets are $5. You can buy those or register to participate in the event online by visiting: http://act.alz.org/site/TR/BvB/NE-Nebraska?fr_id=12814&pg=entry