AKRON - The Alzheimer's Association Greater East Ohio Area Chapter will hold its second annual Blondes vs. Brunettes flag football game at 1 p.m. on May 31 at the indoor Stile Athletics Field House at the University of Akron. Several team players have ties to the Salem and Columbiana County area.
The event is a volunteer-driven initiative that brings young professional women together who support the mission of the Alzheimer's Association. The game divides teams in the age-old rivalry between blondes and brunettes. Redheads are considered "free agents" and can play on either side.
A Salem native, Mary Winch Korff, who works at Stratos Wealth Partners in Salem, is playing on the Brunette team. As a professional investment advisor, she sees the effects that Alzheimer's disease can have on families.
"Taking part in Blondes vs Brunettes gives me the opportunity to raise both awareness and funds for a disease that affects so many," she said.
A member of Team Blonde, Salem resident Alexandra Hoopes, a student at Kent State University, who is employed by Visiting Angels, is committed to the mission of Alzheimer's Association because of her family ties to Alzheimer's.
"Last year I played in BVB for my nana, Marilyn Hoopes. This year I'm playing for her again and everyone affected by this terrible disease," she said.
A Leetonia native, Katie Stambaugh, is in her second year playing for the Blondes and Brunettes team. She and her family have been involved as volunteers for the Alzheimer's Association for several years to raise funds and awareness with the Walk to End Alzheimer's.
"My grandmother has suffered from the disease for nearly 15 years. I have watched Alzheimer's devastate families and will continue to volunteer until there is a cure," she said.
Volunteer coaches, referees, cheerleaders and bands will also participate in the football game. A tailgate party and many other activities are planned in order to get spectators in the spirit for the game. Tickets for adults are $20 and children 12 under are admitted at no cost.