Do you want to play with a Pro?

Have you ever wanted to play a session with a top level player? The Bridge Haven 9th Annual BackStoppers charity game is your chance to do so. To have the right to play with a top level player, 2000 or more ACBL Master Points, is to be the highest bidder.

The bidding process will begin on July 15, 2018 and conclude on August 19, 2018 at 10:00 am. The process is the same as in past years. You simply email Chuck Starovasnik and Barbara Reid at or call Chuck at 618-530-4300 or Barbara at 314-374-6027. Their home phone number is 314-822-9454. Updates on the bids will be made daily at Bridge Haven and the St. Louis Bridge Center. The website will be updated as soon as possible.

As last year, the event will be held at the St. Louis Bridge Center. If you need directions, please contact Barbara or Chuck. The Bridge Center's address is 1270 N. Price, St. Louis, MO 63132.

Total Donations Since 2010

Bridge Haven has been proud to donate $67,865 to the BackStoppers

BackStopper Total Donations
Year Amount
2010 $ 3,500
2011 $ 4,850
2012 $ 5,284
2013 $ 7,127
2014 $ 7,400
2015 $ 9,600
2016 $ 12,660
2017 $ 17,444
2018 $ 16,600
Total $ 84,465


Bridge Haven's 9th Annual BackStoppers Charity Annual Auction

September 16, 2018

Starting time 1:00pm, Location St. Louis Bridge Center

In eight years, Bridge Haven’s charity game to benefit BackStoppers has raised over $65,000. This year the game will be held at the St. Louis Bridge Center in order to accommodate the increased number of Pros who wish to donate their time for this worthy cause.

The format remains the same. Pros, i.e. players with 2,000+ ACBL Master Points, agree to be auctioned off to the highest bidder, who then becomes their partner for the September 16th game. The dollar amount of the final bid for each Pro is then donated to BackStoppers. All the Pros will be listed on the website as soon as the list is finalized.

If you would like to participate as a Pro, remember a Pro has 2000 or more ACBL Master Points, please notify Chuck Starovasnik or Barbara Reid. You can email them at or they can be reached by phone at (Chuck - 618-530-4300, Barbara - 314-374-6027, or home - 314-822-9454). Additionally you can contact Mike Arnheim at 314-583-1745. Mike will again be the director for this game.

The bidding process is as follows: a bidding poster will be placed on the wall at both the St. Louis Bridge Center and at Bridge Haven listing the names of all the Pros. You must contact Chuck Starovasik or Barbara Reid via email at, or call Chuck at 618-530-4300 or Barbara at 314-374-6027. Their home number is 314-822-8454. We will also keep the website updated with bids until the start of the regional tournament. Anyone can bid on any Pro. Bidding starts July 15, 2018. They will update the bid amounts daily at both locations and only Barbara or Chuck can update a bid. Bidding will continue at the Regional and end promptly at 10am August 19, 2018.

We wish to thank all of the Pros and players for volunteering which allows us to raise these funds for BackStoppers

top of the page

Bids and Winners posted August 23, 2018
ProBid & WinnerProBid & WinnerProBid & Winner
Alder, Philip - Bridge Columnist$150  Ted Ballwin Schaffer, Carol$100  Nancy Cadwell
Antognoli, John$75  Mary J Woods Hamilton, Carol$25  Suzette McPhail Shaw, Jay$50  John Welte
Ashbacher, Ron$75  Charlie Johnson Hawkins, Gail$150  Diane Deutch Shapiro, Beryl$25  JoAnn Moore
Athy, Norm$200 Susan Corley Hawkins, Jack$100  Ken Deutch Shapiro, Marvin$50  Linda Sieber
Bainter, Bob$50  John Jermak Hubert, Becky$200  John Hubert Shen, Jerome$50  JoEllyn Ryall
Becker, Sandy$60  Dev Dixson King, Marvin$100  Carol Wagner Shymanski Moore, Suzi$50  Linda Helm
Beery, Rod, GLM$50  Sue Wolf Lord, Roger, GLM$25  Barb MacPeek Siegel, Phyllis$500  Mike Kelly
Bland, Kenny$200  Linda Bryant Marvin, George$50  Mary Dolan Sincoff, Jackie$75  Toby Globe
Boswell, Mark$75  Mary Jermak Moore, Doug$50  John Uihlein Spencer, Dennis$100  Pat Corich
Bryant, Jack$100  John Hagedon Moses, Todd$100  Steve Hakenson Spitzer, Gloria$50  Kiki Powers
Burgener, John$100  Lois Define Nunn, Jim$100  Jackie Schrader Starovasnik, Chuck$50  Theresa Baker
Carmen, Mike$100  Clay Culbertson Oppenheimer, Tom$100  Chuck Ettelson VanWyk, Rod$100  Janet Vontz
Carver, Andrew$75  Mike Vontz Pedrotti, Donna$100  Kathy Hartenberger Vongsvivut, Arbha$50  Dennis Abeln
Erlanger, Karen$100  Gail Dare Perez, Sue$100  Ken Eiger Wang, Ed$25  Susanne Martin
Ettelson, Jane$75  Vickie Stringer Pitonak, Mike$100  Sharon Sweet Wheeler, Bob$25  Laura Scholten
Finkenstadt, Bill$50  Mary Smith Popkins, Alan$100  Tom Cadwell Wolfe, Allison$25  Janet Gomila
Frank, Ronnie$75  Carol Lucky Powers, Linda$100  Helene Siegfried Xie, En$500  Randy Baker
Quist, Carole$25  Louise Koenigsfeld Zenk, Stephen$100  Jim Cooper
Giacaman, Mike$75  Peter Fuerst Romero, Deb$50  Kelly White Zlatic, Milt$100  Ann Lemp
Goldman, Norm$150  Jean Redington
top of the page