“Just like the elections, there may be a massive shake-up,” Mayka said.
Those who participate in the game, from the players and coaches to the cheerleaders and event coordinators, have a variety of career backgrounds. Some work on the Hill, others run their own companies. Their one unifying factor is their dedication to the game and spreading the word about Alzheimer’s.
Many of the women involved have stories about how the disease touched their lives.
Anne Brady, deputy chief of staff for Rep. Mark Schauer (D-Mich.), started playing as a way to support Abbott and other friends who had family members with Alzheimer’s. Since then, she has watched as her own aunt died from it.
“She wasn’t diagnosed for a long time, and it was painful to watch,” said Brady, who was quarterback for Team Blonde until she started working on the administrative side. “Watching my aunt have it made it a bit more real.”
Christiana Gallagher, legislative director for Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), got involved last year after she met members of Team Blonde who were enthusiastic about the cause. Since her grandmother has Alzheimer’s, she wanted to do something to give back. For Gallagher, fundraising has been the most important thing she has experienced.
“You collect the personal stories of the people who donate,” Gallagher (Team Brunette) said. “Almost all of them have been touched in some way, and you carry that with you.”
The game will be played at 2 p.m. Saturday at George Washington University’s Mount Vernon Athletic Complex. Tickets are $20. For more information, visit www.blondesvsbrunettes.org.
Sen Mary Landrieu, D-La., poses for a selfie with LSU football fans as she campaigns at tailgate parties on the Louisiana State University campus before the LSU-Mississippi State game on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. Buy photo here.