After four years of playing flag football to raise money to fight Alzheimer's Disease, Team Blondes and Team Brunettes are all tied up, two games apiece.
The tie-breaking fifth-annual Blondes vs. Brunettes flag football game is set to start at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Burlington Regional Rec Plex.
"It (the game) isn't generally too physical. The girls are still colliding, though," said event chairwoman Stephanie Covert.
Admission is a freewill donation, and there will be a silent auction throughout the day, with all the funds going to the Alzheimer's Association.
"It (Alzheimer's) is just really a heartbreaking illness, and it affects the whole family so tremendously," Covert said.
The Blondes won the inaugural game back in 2013, then lost two years in a row before bouncing back to victory last year. There's pride on the line this year, but that pales in comparison to the cause.
"We aren't rivals. We're just one big family," Covert said.
There are about 15 players on the brunette side and about a dozen on the blonde side, and the ladies have been working throughout the year to drum up donations. Much of that money came from regular fundraisers such as pancake breakfasts and car washes.
The goal this year is to raise $10,000, though most of the team members raise an additional $300 apiece.
There will be an after-party at the Buffalo Tavern, and anyone who a hand-stamp from admittance to the game will be eligible for Blondes vs. Brunettes specials at the party.
Though it's too late to join as a player, volunteers always are needed. For more information, email Covert at firstname.lastname@example.org or Diana Reed at email@example.com.