More than 200 bocce ball players, friends and volunteers ventured out under leaden skies Oct. 4 for a good cause, Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary’s annual Turf Bocce Tournament.
Besides the fun and competition of the games, the players, sponsors, and donors raised more than $50,000 to benefit Reality Changers, Just In Time for Foster Youth, Operation Game On, and a number of other youth, community, and international projects to assist others.
Del Mar Mayor Al Corti and Deputy Mayor Sherryl Parks challenged Solana Beach Deputy Mayor David Zito and Councilmember Peter Zahn to the first game. The Del Mar team prevailed, with bragging rights until next year’s tournament.
The other 78 teams then began play on more than 26 bocce courts laid out on the Del Mar Horsepark’s grand prix grass field.
After many games, a few rain delays, lunch, and many silent auction bids, the final championship game was played, with the Katherine McGee Design team of Barbara Blakeley and Steve Bagwell winning first place. Coming in second was the Just in Time for Foster Youth team of Marquelle Edwards and Steven Silva. Winning the Consolation Bracket was the First Citizens Bank team of Mike Spacciapolli and Tony Perez.
After the tournament, Don Wells, executive director of Just In Time For Foster Youth, wrote, “Thanks to DMSB Rotary members for their continued support and for creating such a wonderful community experience for our youth.“
Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary is a leadership organization made up of local business, professional and civic leaders who meet regularly, form friendships, and, through that, get things done in our community and the world. Visit www.DMSBRotary.com.