2017 Branchville Area Civics Charity Bocce Tournament and Tailgate Competition
The battle for the esteemed title of Branchville Champion Bocce Team will once again be waged this Saturday, September 9 (rain date is Sept. 10) on the site of the new Branchville bocce courts located at 59 Willridge Road Ridgefield (off Route 7). Six teams representing various local charities will play in the Third Annual Branchville Charity Lawn Bocce Tournament in the name of fun and fundraising.
Bocce enthusiast extraordinaire says, "The motto of this tourney is simply to have fun...and give some money away to some awesome organizations that help make our communities even more wonderful."
Each team will consist of four players, who will be competing for over $3,000 in prize money. Teams scheduled to play include: Georgetown Volunteer Fire Department, the Women's Center, Wilton Library, Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield Volunteer Fire Department, and the RVNA.
In addition to the trophy and bragging rights, prizes include donations made to the charities for the top four teams: First place: $1500; 2nd place: $750; 3rd place: $500; 4th place: $250. There will also be a $300 bonus Spirit Award, the recipient of which must knock their tailgate party out of the park! In 2016, the RVNA earned the coveted Spirit Award!
The Tournament is sponsored by the Branchville Civic Association (BCA). The charitable organization is comprised of three generations of local Branchville families, and is best known as the proprietor and caretaker of the Branchville Civic baseball field, which was built by the founding members in 1946.
Bocce is played by throwing a small ball, called a pallino, onto the court. Players then bowl larger balls toward the pallino to see who can get the closest. It can be played in teams, as in the tournament, or one-on-one. The game requires strategy and accuracy, but can be enjoyed by players of all ages and athletic abilities.
Games will begin at 10 am and run all day. The public is invited to attend the free event to cheer on their favorite teams and players. Ancona's daughters will have a concession stand on site and invite attendees to enjoy refreshments, proceeds to be donated to charity.
“The bocce tournament is a culmination of the traditional Ancona business objective,” said Ancona. “Focus on family, community, and charity – with a good dose of fun. “