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Logan's Bocce Bash

Here's a fund-raiser that we put together on short notice that turned out extremely well. Three-year-old Logan qualified for an expensive stem cell procedure in Dusseldorf, Germany which has had great results treating cerebral palsy. So, family and friends as well as local businesses mobilized for a good cause. Feel free to copy the model as outlined in the photos below and run a similar bocce event for a good cause in your neck of the woods. Photos by Greg Debrocke and Carmela Pagnoni.

We set up the venue the night before. Ten courts to accomodate twenty teams. All play at the same time - no down time. Four courts are our usual 12 by 80 footers made of vinyl fence posts and the other six are 12' by 60' templates from Backyard Bocce. The venue is an indoor soccer field at the PhanZone in Hamptead, NH (click the photo to view their web site).

Make sure the sponsors get some ink and encourage people to patronize their establishments. We need to support the businesses and individuals who support us.

We scheduled an early morning start and as people arrived the coffee was already brewed.

Fresh fruit, bagels and creme cheese and pastry from Mann Orchards. Click the photo to visit the Mann Orchards web site.

Let everyone know who supported the cause.

The Bocce Guy with his good friend Logan.

Gift baskets to raffle off are always a good idea. We also sold raffle tickets for Boston Red Sox and Celtics games (got the tickets donated).

We used the Bobby Valvano charity tourney format and our old standby - color coded teams. Click the photo if you want to see how the color coding works. See Back Issues, Vol 4 - issue 38 for details on the Valvano format.

We get everybody together, make some introductory comments and thank-yous, then explain how the day will play out.

With more than 125 people in attendance, sometimes we need a bull horn or megaphone.

These guys are ready to play - they gear up for this kind of thing, so...

Let the games begin!

We used sandbags to hold the Backyard Bocce template courts in place. Click the photo for info on Backyard Bocce's portable courts.

Look at the kids on the other side of the glass. They're soccer players just aching to get on a bocce team.

This bocce team was made up of staff from Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital where Logan goes for physical therapy.

Always set aside space for the little ones to play with Playaboule's Glo Bocce (or petanque). Click the photo for more on Glo Bocce/Petanque.

Veteran player and major sponsor Ralph Bagarella (Latitude Sports Clubs) makes a roll.

Steve never played before, loved it, and established himself as a definite rookie of the year candidate.

As is so often the case, the women have everything under control and the man is bewildered.

With our charity tourney format, we are done and ready for lunch promptly at noon.

Logan's Bocce Bash! - the cake.

After lunch we draw the winners for our numerous raffles.

The bronze medal winners.

The silver medal winners.

The gold medal winners and grand champions. A late team entry into the event, they ran the table, taking on all comers!

The bottom line = 25K - that's no typo. What a bonus when we can use the game we love to help the people we love!

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