Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary Turf Bocce Tournament slated for March 23

Preparations are in full swing for Rotary’s 18th Annual Turf Bocce Ball Tournament at the Del Mar Horse Park on Sunday, March 23, 2014. Everyone is encouraged to save the date for this annual fundraiser and “Family Day” targeted to raise over $50,000 for youth and humanitarian programs.

Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotarians are currently signing up sponsors and auction donors. Title sponsor will be the Essick-Sims Wealth Management Group at Merrill Lynch, but other sponsors are still needed, from Court Sponsor to VIP Sponsor.

“Although many people have said that they don’t know how to play bocce, it is amazing how only a few games will lead them to want a bocce set for a birthday or holiday present,” said Vicky Mallett, Bocce 2014 co-chair.

All dollars raised by the Bocce Tournament go to worthy activities, most of which benefit youth programs. These programs help break the cycle of illiteracy, poor parenting, ill health, and domestic abuse, which, once broken, leads to happier and more productive citizens and, ultimately, better parents. Past major beneficiaries include Community Resource Center’s Therapeutic Children’s Center, Just In Time (for Foster Youth), Social Advocates for Youth, and Voices for Children.

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The Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary Club consists of men and women working together to make this world a better place for all. For information about DMSB Rotary, see or contact Richard Fogg (858-693-7556) or Diane Huckabee (619-818-0528).

More than $435,000 has been raised since the tournament’s beginning at Solana Beach’s La Colonia Park in 1997.

Tournament funds in smaller amounts also have gone to such local programs as dictionaries for all local third-graders, scholarships at Canyon Crest Academy, YMCA camp for foster children, youth leadership programs, Stand Down for homeless vets, and Wounded Warriors support.

Internationally, funding has gone to school books and supplies, clean water projects, medical equipment and supplies, and on-going support of youth education and health in El Salvador. For many of these programs, individual Rotarians and the Rotary Foundation have provided matching dollars and personal support, the total of which have averaged in excess of $80,000 per year for the last several years.

Tournament play takes place on the 32 bocce courts that are laid out on the Del Mar Horse Park’s meticulously groomed grand prix field, while onlookers can watch from alongside the playing courts or from the spectator seats that surround the playing field.

The tournament has become so popular over the last few years that all of the available 128 team positions in the initial round have been filled by sponsors’ teams. Those who would like to watch the fun, play a little bocce after lunch, win a nice auction item, and support Rotary’s charitable programs are invited to come out and join in with everyone else.