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Bridge group raises money for free clinic

December 06, 2006|by JANET HEIM

As the Rosemarie Linenberger Grand Slam Charity Bridge group gathered for their annual holiday luncheon, there was more on the members' minds than good food and fellowship.

At this year's gathering at Fountain Head Country Club on Friday, Dec. 1, Mistress of Ceremonies Nancy Chase spoke about how such a simple idea - getting together to have fun playing bridge, while supporting a local charity - could make such a difference.

Since the bridge group was started in 2000, the members have raised about $1,000 a year that they donate to a local charity. It is at this luncheon that they make the check presentation, this year to the Community Free Clinic.

It was also an opportunity to remember the contribution of the group's founder, Rosemarie Linenberger. After she died in 2004, the group changed its name to honor her memory.

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Robin Roberson, executive director for the Community Free Clinic, expressed her gratitude for the contribution. She said that $1,000 will cover the medical expenses, including blood work and medication, for five patients for a year.

"I am honored to be here three years in a row. I'm honored you recognize the value the Community Free Clinic offers to the public," Roberson said.

The grand slam charity bridge group meets every Friday at 11 a.m. at the American Legion on Northern Avenue. They have lunch and play bridge, with the $2 weekly contribution for bridge going to charity.

For more information about the group, call Jan Goldman at 301-714-4794.

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