Your 2016 Buffalo Bandettes!

Your 2016 Buffalo Bandettes!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Photos from the 6th Annual Blondes Vs Brunettes of Buffalo game

Last week, the Buffalo chapter of the Alzheimer's Association held their annual fundraiser in the form of a powderpuff football game at Amherst's Sweet Home High School. In its 6th year in Buffalo, the Blondes vs Brunettes games have spread all over the country since 1st starting in Washington DC in 2005. Co-chairing the event for their 2nd year in a row are Deanna Bednarz and 8-year Buffalo Jills alum Jenn Chodora. These two ladies have really pushed the fundraising and for the 2nd year in a row, raised over $90K and are up over $98K this year with another event to come.
Jenn and Deanna address those in attendance
Another draw to the game this year was the appearance of newly inducted Pro Football HOF WR Andre Reed. For a second consecutive year, Andre made an appearance at the BvB game to help officiate the coin toss and there were a few #83 jerseys in the stands because of it. A good friend of former BvB co-chair Tracey Callisto, the game coincided with another big Buffalo appearance Andre had to Ralph Wilson Stadium the following day to receive his HOF ring at the Bills game!
Onhand to help officiate the coin-toss for a 2nd year in a row, HOF WR Andre Reed
The game started off as a defensive struggle with the teams exchanging interceptions on consecutive drives after the Brunettes turned it over on downs in the game's opening drive. The Blondes were able to get into the endzone once in the 1st half though and went to the locker room up 6-0. New this year was a way for fans to help decide the game. For $5, fans could attempt a FG at halftime and add single points for made kicks to the team of their choice.
Kicking FGs at halftime
As it turned out, the Brunettes were helped immensely by this new feature. Most of the FGs made went to them and their 6-0 halftime deficit turned into a 9-7 lead at the start of the 3rd quarter. The Blondes came out of the locker room pretty fired up and anxious not to let their hard work go to waste. By the end of the 3rd quarter, they had regained the lead and held a 21-9 advantage going into the final quarter of the game. The Bru Crew finally got in the endzone themselves a few times in the 4th but the Blondes earned their 3rd win in a row with a 33-22 final score.
Last year's Blonde MVP Margo Poloski comes down with a pass. The Blondes would score on the next play
Poloski on a reverse on a play that could've gone for a TD if not for a huge hit from the brunettes

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The BvB have another event on October 5th as they join some Buffalo Bills alumni in watching the Bills take on the Lions at the Armor Inn on Abbott Road in Hamburg. The festivities start at noon. Tickets are only $25 and include free food & pop while watching the game with some of the Buffalo Bills Alumni! There will also be a chinese auction, live auction, music and drink specials!
From the Bandettes comes a photo from the 2nd home game against the Philadelphia Wings. I visited with both lines before heading to my seats and grabbed this shot of Kirsten's line in their Valentine's Day-themed t-shirts near the top of the east bank of escalators. Shown posing for the camera are Mandy, Chrissy, Stephanie, Brianna, Danielle, Kirsten, and Erin Y.
Mandy, Chrissy, Stephanie, Brianna, Danielle, Kirsten, and Erin Y

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