ACBL Unit 503


2018 Firecracker Partnershps

Wednesday June 27th through Sunday July 1st

Bridge Center / IFES Hall (Info)
No Street Parking Allowed (see below)

Flyer

Schedule and Tournament Information

Understanding the Game Schedule

Partnership Desk

Intermediate/Newcomer Tips

Game Results and Hand Records. You can also find a link to them at the top of our Game Results page.

Tournament Chairs

Join us to help make the Bay Area’s largest sectional a resounding success. We need helpers for as little as an hour or two, in a variety of different roles such as parking, partnership and hospitality, set-up and take down and general operation each day.

Tournament: Carl Baeuerlen, email, and Don Cohn, email

Caddies: Josephine Ventura email
Food & Drink: Carl Baeuerlen, email, and Don Cohn, email
General Support: Nancy Kehl email
Hotel search: Cheryl Haines
Layouts: James Stuart Smith email
Parking: Buz Battle email
Partnership and Hospitality: Joni Smith email
Set up: Bill Dougherty email
Take down: Dave Puryear email

To volunteer, please contact the appropriate chairperson or one of the tournament chairs.

We’re coming home!

This year’s Firecracker will be held again at our Bridge Center and the adjacent IFES Hall.

Who can play? YOU! EVERYONE! The schedule has both pair and team games for players of all abilities, including 0-5 beginner games. All games earn silver points.

Fees

Session fees are $12 for ACBL members and $15 for others. Students under 26 pay half price and will be free at the 0-5 MP game on Saturday.

Reserve rooms early to ensure the special rate.

A limited number of concessionary rate rooms are available at the adjoining Hyatt Regency Hotel at $139 per night. Reserve early to insure this rate.

Parking

Plenty of free parking, including disabled accommodations.

We are located in a residential area. Please limit noise in the parking lot and drive carefully and quietly at all times - particularly if leaving in the evening.

Food and Drink

Coffee, $1 per cup, and all food will be served by the IFES catering team in the IFES Hall. A hot meal will be available on Wednesday between sessions and sandwich lunches on the other days.

Try them out. The tasting samples were delicious.

Hotels

* The Hampton Inn and Suites, 390 Moffett Boulevard, Mountain View, CA 94043, is conveniently located less than a half mile stroll from the Palo Alto Bridge Center. The bridge rate is $159 plus tax which includes a hot breakfast (normally $299 plus tax).

A limited number of rooms are available at the special rate until early June so book early. Bookings must be made with Azma Ambalika at (650) 988-0300 azma.ambalika@hilton.com. Sorry, they do not have an e-booking option.

Aloft Santa Clara is offering special rates of $149 Wednesday and Thursday and $99  Friday and Saturday plus taxes. They are located off Highway 237, an approximate 20 minute drive from the Bridge Center. Address: 510 America Center Court, San Jose, CA 95002. Phone 408-263-3900 and ask for the ACBL Firecracker Bridge Tournament rates.

* Many business hotels have reduced rates over the holiday. Check your favorite hotel chain website for special rates.

Second Harvest Food Bank

Last year when we raised $14,960 for Second Harvest Food Bank, plus $5330 in matching funds by Second Harvest, for a grand total of $20,290 or 40,580 meals for hungry people!  We topped our previous year’s donations by over $5000…ZOWIE!

Often in May, Second Harvest runs a matching grant program where we can double our impact, but they don't know if they will be able to do that in 2018.  Watch this space for more info.

If questions, contact Carolyn Chaney email or Val Baldwin email.

We are pleased to announce that we will be supporting Second Harvest Food Bank again this year. Second Harvest is one of the largest food banks in the nation, providing food to nearly a quarter of a million people each month. In fiscal year 2016 (July 2015 - June 2016), they distributed more than one million pounds of nutritious food each week to low-income people in need. Learn more about them.

At Unit 503 we are proud to support such a well-run and innovative organization. Second Harvest can buy much more food per dollar than you can. So this year we will only be accepting money for them. Please help us support this organization by making a donation, either at the tournament (make checks payable to Second Harvest Food Bank) or online. Donations to Second Harvest Food Bank are tax deductible. Cash donations are acknowledged.