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Martignetti Family Charity
Bocce Tournament - 2009

As always, the good people at Martignetti Enterprises take the lead in raising funds for worthy causes. In the recent past, The Jimmy Fund, Joey Fund, Alzheimer's reseach, and kidney disease research have been the recipients of the monies raised. This year (the fifth annual) it was the Michael J. Cleary Memorial Fund. Click the photo to learn more about the Michael J. Cleary Memorial Fund.

Once again we used the SportsZone in Derry, NH as the venue. Indoor sports like soccer, field hockey and basketball are the usual events here, but we bring bocce in every Columbus Day weekend. Temporary courts in the background, registration tables to the left, dining area to the right.

To protect the sports playing surface, we put down a special layer of plastic in the dining area. Sabatino's Restaurant caters a wonderful buffet each year.

Raffle prizes are donated by supporters (Dianne Spillane, Sherry Spada, Carmela Pagnoni, Barbara and Kelly Martignetti) and local businesses (McHugh's Florist, Dunkin' Donuts, Panera Bread, Latitude Sports Clubs).

Winners of the event get medals and the grand prize winners take home the Martignetti Cup for the year, then come back to defend their title next Columbus Day weekend.

Volunteers work the registration table, sell raffle tickets and make sure everyone gets a tourney t-shirt.

A couple mockups of checks donated to charities from past year's events (the amounts are not too shabby).

Before we get started, tourney director Sandro Martignetti talks about the tournament, this year's charity, introduces a few guests, and sets the mood for the day.

Sandro and First Lieutenant Michael J. Cleary's father, Jack, talk about how the funds raised this year will be put to good use. Click the photo for more info on the Michael J. Cleary Memorial Fund.

Let the games begin! One court is set aside for kids play.

Two courts are used for our "closest to the pallino" contest. Players pay a fee to enter and the winner takes home 50% of the money pool. Medford Boat Club's Tony Aliberti won with a roll that was 1/4 inch from the target ball. Aliberti generously donated his share of the winnings back to the charity.

The Martignetti clan teaches community service at an early age. Cianna & Molly went to work even before the tourney and then set up this Charity Stand on the day of the event selling beaded bracelets, "support our troops" magnets, and hot chocolate. When all was said and done their effots resulted in a $500 donation to the charity.

The grand prize winners hoist the prestigious Martignetti Trophy. They will take possession of it until the following October at which time they will return to defend their title.

Martignetti patriarch Beniamino Martignetti says a few words at day's end. He must be so proud of what he has set in motion - a family that cares deeply about giving back to the community and supporting worthy causes. {Click the photo to visit the Martignetti Enterprises website.}

Lieutenant Cleary's brother Patrick offers his heartfelt thanks to all for their efforts on behalf of the Cleary Memorial Fund.

The Cleary family poses with Tourney Director Sandro Martignetti. That's Jack Cleary clutching the mock check representing the bottom line - $37,409.

Worth another look. In these economic times this is remarkable. Hats off to the Martignetti family, a source of inspiration to those of us fortunate enough to know them.

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