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2016 Costume Finalists (courtesy photo)

Vigilucci’s Beach Bocce World Championship XXXVI Raises $100,000

Del Mar CA— Produced by North County Athletic Association, Vigilucci’s Beach Bocce Ball Championship XXXVI attracted over 1,000 people to Del Mar’s Dog Beach on July 9 for a day jam-packed with sun, food, fun, and of course, great beach bocce ball action.  Raising over $100,000 this year, and a total of over $1 million since its inception, the tournament sold out in under an hour when tickets were made available in the spring.  Beneficiaries included Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad, as well as the Friends of the Powerhouse and Beach.

“Even though competition is stiff, laughter is abundant,” said John Manson, Tournament Co-Founder.  “The event has become multi-generational and wildly popular. We attract a great crowd who always has a great time.”

Fun was definitely the order of the day. Many came in costumes on teams with names referencing bocce balls or private jokes. Some were first timers, while many have been participating for years.

Mens, womens, and mixed divisions were offered for the seasoned player and novice alike.  A sold-out crowd of 411 teams played 999 games on 81 courts. Plans are already underway for the July 2017 competition. More information can be obtained by visiting www.beachbocce.com or calling (760) 444-4893.

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