By Marlena Chavira-Medford
The Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary Club is gearing up for its 15th annual Turf Bocce Ball Tournament and Family Day, slated for Sunday, March 6, at the Del Mar Horsepark. Check in will be held at 9 a.m.
The one-day tournament is the group’s main fundraiser, and so far it has raised more than $300,000 for charities, most of which have been local. This year the club is hoping to raise $50,000, which will benefit the Community Resource Center, Voices for Children and San Diego Advocates for Youth.
Keeping with longstanding tradition, Solana Beach Mayor Lesa Heebner and Del Mar Mayor Don Mosier will face-off for a little bit of friendly bocce ball competition, and their respective city residents cheer them on.
The tournament will field 125 bocce ball teams, first time to experienced players are encouraged to participate.
“In fact, first-time players have won the tournament,” said Vicky Mallett, co-chair of the bocce ball tournament. “Bocce ball aside, this really is a way for the community to come together and have some fun for a great cause.”
Chris Wood — area manager for Smart Self Storage of Solana Beach, a longtime sponsor of the tournament — said this event is also a great way for local businesses and neighbors to connect.
“Part of this company’s history is centered on being involved with the community. We don’t just write a check, we build a relationship. This event is one of the ways we do that. It’s always well-organized, it’s always fun, and it helps so many valued organizations.”
In addition to the tournament, there will be a silent and live auction, and there are some big-ticket items up for grabs, including a Palm Springs golf getaway for four people, plus airfare.
The event is also family friendly, with a jump house and face painting for the kids. Registration is $100 for individual teams of two players.
Sponsorships start at $275, which includes breakfast, lunch, a t-shirt for each player, and a mention in all marketing materials and on the website. There is also a VIP package that includes a pop-up tent, table, chairs, snacks more mentions in the marketing materials.
For more information or to register, go to
or contact Vicky Mallett at (858) 245-7968.
The Del Mar Horsepark is located at 14550 El Camino Real in Del Mar.