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4th Annual Upper Cape Bocce Festival - 2011

This 30 team tournament held on the grounds of Falmouth Academy raised funds for The Samaritans on Cape Cod and the Islands (raising 10 per cent of the organization's annual budget). Above: courts are set up on the sports field by aligning flags that designate each court's boundaries. There were 15 courts playing left to right as you look at the photo. All 30 teams played at once.

As the participants arrive (like these in the great looking hats) they are greeted by volunteers including tourney director Peter Clark (left). There never seems to be a shortage of good people to help out a worthy cause. The Samaritans are "...a non-profit volunteer organization whose mission is to prevent suicide by befriending those in crisis."

Peter Clark goes to the bleachers to call out instructions on the bull horn. He outlines how the day will play out.

Besides the entry fee for each of the four-player teams, there are raffle prizes to further help the charity.

The more prizes the better!

Since this was a noontime start, the first order of business was a wonderful catered lunch.

And a great lunch it was!

Each of the 15 courts was sponsored by a business or individual hoping to help the cause. This is a great way to generate revenue for the charity.

Let the games begin!

Each team gets to play four games...

Which inevitably leads to the Joy of Bocce!

They use a system where winners play winners and losers play other losers and everyone gets 4 thirty-minute matches in.

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