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Welcome 2016,
As we start another year, the Unit Board is busy planning bridge events. Our Winter Sectional is fast approaching and in February we have a Pro-Am Game with Taste of Buffalo.
I challenge you, our players, to make this year special. Make it a priority to invite a new member or a non-life master to our unit events. Best of all would be to offer to be a partner but also up on the scale of “nice” would be an invitation and guidance of what to expect. 
My wish for 2016 is to make it the year of: new players, included players and the mixing of old (not literally) and new.

Betty Metz
President, Unit 116

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Western New York Unit 116

Pro-Am "Taste of Buffalo"
Bridge Center of Buffalo
3362 Sheridan Drive 
Amherst, NY 14226

Sunday, February 28, 2016
Lunch -1:00 pm
Game-1:45 pm
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 Unit 116 "Stay Warm" Winter Sectional

January 22, 23, 24 - 2016

Main -Transit Fire Hall
6777 Main St. Williamsville, NY 14221


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The District Director reports that District 5 has $30,000 available from the ACBL Charity Foundation to award to worthy local charities. Five organizations will be chosen to receive awards of $6000 each.  These organizations will be nominated by bridge players who reside in District 5.  Organizations must be 501c3 qualified.  Players may nominate organizations by sending a brief synopsis of the mission and procedures of the organization.  Proof of 501c3 qualification must accompany the nomination.  Nominations must be sent by email to Sharon Fairchild shortsuit@sbcglobal.net no later than April 1, 2016.  Voting will take place at the meeting of the District Board to be held in May.

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Check the Duplicate Bridge column in The Buffalo News each Saturday for weekly game results and other announcements. Unfortunately, space there is limited, but additional results, more complete announcements and other information can be found in the weekly Internet version of the column at www.buffalonews.com. For quickest results, search the words "duplicate bridge" and Saturday's date. For the latest information and detailed game results directly from the clubs, check the web sites of clubs in Western New York.


Welcome to the Western New York Unit 116 website.  Our unit of over 450 dedicated bridge players is part of the American Contract Bridge League’s District Five.  Geographically, we encompass the counties of Erie and Niagara, at the eastern end of Lake Erie and western end of Lake Ontario, in New York State.  We often have players from across the Canadian border playing at our clubs.

Our goal is to promote bridge and support local bridge clubs.   We have six open, active clubs. We host three sectionals each year – January, April/May, and September – as well as a Non-Life Master sectional in the summer.  The District Five Regional is held at the end of October and famously titled “Spooktacular”.  Numerous unit games are held throughout the year.

We publish a quarterly newsletter, Bridge Buff, for and about its members.  It regularly includes extensive interviews with several members, an interesting bridge hands and analysis, and perhaps a good recipe enjoyed at a Unit game.


The "Bridge Buff" issues were retrieved (thank you  Kathy Pollock  and Alex Kowal) starting with  issues back in the past. You can read old and current issues to see where we were and where we are going as a bridge community. There was a gap in publishing from March to October 2007, when the bridge community was torn apart by controversy and the Buff was on hold.
Help preserve the bridge history of Unit 116 by downloading the files and saving them - you will never know when and who from the future generations will read them.



Coming to Unit 116!

Main-Transit Fire Hall
6777 Main St, Williamsville, NY 14221
Sunday February 28, 2015, 1:00 pm
"Taste of Buffalo"
Pro-Am Unit Pairs Game at Bridge Center of Buffalo 3362 Sheridan Dr - Amherst, NY
Main-Transit Fire Hall
6777 Main St, Williamsville, NY 14221
Club run Unit games at participating clubs
May 15-21, 2016

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