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Central Virginia APA “Goes Pink” during October Tri-Cup!

Last October, Central Virginia APA hosted its Inaugural “Go Pink” fundraiser for cancer research, prompted by the efforts of then 11-year-old twins, Destiny Lander and Dakoda Lander. Over $1,300 was raised by local APA members and donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation!

The 2014 Tri-Cup, and 2nd Annual fundraiser, was held Oct. 10-12, 2014. Members were determined to surpass last year’s donation. Destiny and Dakoda made hundreds of various pink bracelets, along with pink ribbons with the APA Shoot for a Cure pins. No person was able to sneak past League Operator Marguerite Rueger without being pinned and donating to the cause!

Michelle Lander, APA employee and grandmother of the twins, designed her own “Support Breast Cancer Awareness” t-shirts that were sold along with multiple other APA shirts, sweatshirts, towels, etc., donated by the Local League Operators. A raffle was also held for a large pink gift basket of goodies donated by Billy Gressett and his APA team. A total of $2,056 was donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation!

“We would like to thank all of our APA members and the Sandston Moose staff for their generous donations!” said Central Virginia APA League Operators Marguerite Rueger and Dawn Buchanan. “Additionally, there were many members whose time and efforts made this a huge success (Lindsey Thompson, Jennifer Swann, Kari Mashinski and Shaun Swindell)! Without all of you, we wouldn’t have been able to donate $2,056 to the Susan G. Komen foundation this year! Central Virginia APA rocks!”

APA of San Antonio Raises Money for Epilepsy Foundation

On Saturday, Nov. 1, the APA of San Antonio held the 2nd Annual Adult-Child Scotch Doubles Charity Tournament. The event took place at Fast Eddie’s Billiards on Embassy Oaks.

Taking home 1st Place in the tournament was Ron Sjolander and his daughter McKenna Miller, while Karen Racy and her son Blake Racy finished in 2nd Place. Both teams received trophies. Movie passes, gift baskets, bowling passes and restaurant gift cards were also raffled off to help raise money for the cause.

In total, $600 was raised for the Epilepsy Foundation of Central & South Texas in honor of Zane Golding!

Orange County APA Hosts Charity Benefit Tournament Raising $12,925.80

When Vicki Wade, League Operator for the Orange County APA (OCAPA) in California, was informed that a dedicated member of the OCAPA family and her close friend, Brock Noteboom, nicknamed “Brockstar,” unexpectedly passed away on July 4, 2014, at the young age of 33, she immediately began planning to host a charity tournament to raise money for his two young daughters and to help provide closure from this sudden loss for all of his friends and family in the OCAPA.

Brock joined the APA on June 3, 2006. He played 338 8-Ball matches and 203 9-Ball matches on 63 teams. He participated in three U.S. Amateur Preliminaries, the 2010 U.S. Amateur Championship, the 2012 and 2013 Jack & Jill Championships, the 2013 8-Ball National Team Championship, the 2013 Masters Championship and four Singles Regional events.  He also participated locally in nine Tri-Annual tournaments and nine Local Team Championship tournaments since 2010.

Announcing there would be a raffle during the benefit, donations poured in. Local cuemaker, Ariel Carmeli, donated a custom cue that he made just for the event. It was raffled during the tournament and brought in $2,710. Vicki also set up an online Give Forward Donation page, which raised over $4,000.

There were 89 players in the double elimination 8-Ball tournament and well over 100 more people who just stopped by to donate and share stories of a man they admired. As everyone gathered around to watch the final match, in the background there was a video playing on the big screen of Brock playing pool. He was shooting an amazing shot on a 8-Ball, coming off four rails to make the ball (with his notable little chuckle) and he set himself up perfectly on the 9-Ball just as the final shot of the tournament was made. That’s our Brockstar!

The tournament champion, Brian Parks, was presented with a custom plaque. He donated all of his winnings back to the fund, as did others who won money.  Brock’s parents, who never imagined how much influence their son had in the local pool community, were present. It was a bittersweet, tearful moment for everyone and a final goodbye to a great friend who will be missed more than words can say. It’s so hard to say goodbye but everyone gathered around Brock’s parents, hugged, cried and bid a final farewell. Through raffle sales, outside donations, tournament entries and the Give Forward page, $12,925.80 was raised!

“All of the people who came to show their support,  generously donated, as well as volunteered their time to this charity event can now feel content knowing we all had a big part in making Brock’s children’s future just a little bit brighter as they go through one of the hardest times of their lives,” said Vicki.

Along with the money, the children were presented with a huge banner that everyone signed and wrote notes to Brock. A copy of the local newspaper, which featured a story about their daddy, bracelets, stickers, custom t-shirts that were made and donated for the event and boxes of toys were collected for the girls during the tournament. “It touched my heart when Brock’s oldest daughter read me the story ‘Is Your Mama a Llama’ as we sat in the grass playing with all of the toys,” Vicki stated.

Brock’s dad now plays on two teams a week in the OCAPA and is using his son’s cue. Everyone is thrilled to have him and see that Brock’s memory is alive and well every week in the league.

Louisville APA Holds Tournament for Tatas

On Oct. 5, 2014, the Louisville APA held the Inaugural Tournament for Tatas to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research. Twelve teams came out to Diamond Pub & Billiards in Louisville to participate in this fun-filled scotch doubles event which included a guest appearance by professional trick shot artist Tom “Dr. Cue” Rossman.

“We have several breast cancer survivors in our League and we’re just thankful for the opportunity to hold a charity event that touches the lives of our players and impacts our community in such a big way,” said Louisville APA League Operator Danielle Hecht. “That’s what it’s all about—giving back to the community!”

Dr. Cue performed amazing trick shots and provided instructional clinics throughout the day for the participants. Dr. Cue also took on challenge matches. There were five mini-games for participants to compete in, which included Dr. Cue’s lag competition, 8 and 9-on-the-break competitions, coin flip, and money shot. Many local businesses donated cash, gift cards, and other items to be raffled off at the event.

“I’m a 7 year survivor of Stage 3 breast cancer. It was a wonderful feeling to have our local APA sponsor a tournament for research to help find a cure for breast cancer,” said Louisville APA member Camilla Fentress.

Thanks to the generosity of local businesses, as well as the Louisville APA members who participated, the League raised $2,500! The proceeds were split between the University of Louisville’s James Graham Brown Cancer Center and HIS Breast Cancer Awareness and will be used directly for research for a cure!

“The tournament was spectacular with a day full of fun and camaraderie,” said Fentress. “I had a great time. The mini-games were a big plus as everyone rooted each other on. I’m looking forward to next year’s bigger and better event and the opportunity to further help fund research for this disease.”

Akron/Canton APA Hosts Willie Hill Memorial Tournament

Earlier this year, the Akron/Canton APA lost Willie Hill, a very beloved member. On Sept. 20, 2014 the League held a memorial tournament at Fiddlestix Billiards Cafe in Canton, Ohio to honor Willie and raise money for the diseases that took him.

It was a race-to-2, 8-Ball double elimination tournament, with a $20 entry fee. The brackets were broken down by Skill Level Tier. In addition to the tournament entry fees, 50/50 raffles, as well as cash and food donations also added to the cause.

APA member Annie Giller was the primary driving force and organizer for this event. Over $2,000 was donated to the ALS Association and American Diabetes Association on Willie’s behalf!

Central Illinois APA Hosts 2nd Annual Shoot for a Cure

The Central Illinois APA hosted the 2nd Annual Shoot for a Cure tournament on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at Biggen’s Bar & Billiards. The cause is near and dear to Central Illinois APA League Operator Kim Jones, as her sister, “Delta” Dawn, had breast cancer in 2010. Today, she is in remission and paying it forward by supporting Relay for Life. The proceeds from the tournament went to support “Delta’s Force” in this year’s Relay for Life.

The event was a double elimination 9-Ball Doubles tournament with a combined Skill Level Limit of 11. APA pink ribbon items were for sale to help raise money as well.  A total of $4,050 was raised!

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Northwest Dallas APA Hosts 3rd Annual Toys for Tots Tournament

NW Dallas APA and Wizards Sports Cafe in Richardson, Texas once again teamed up for the 3rd Annual NW Dallas APA Toys for Tots 8-Ball Scotch Doubles Tournament. Thirty-four teams came armed with toys as an entry fee. Over 600 toys were collected!  PFC Benjamin Song from the United States Marine Corps was on-hand to collect the toys, estimated at over $4,000! NW Dallas APA donated a Dale Perry custom cue for raffle that generated an additional $536 for the cause.

Lori Way, NW Dallas APA League Operator, donated two Action pool cues for 1st Place and an assortment of APA merchandise for 2nd and 3rd Place; Wizards Sports Cafe donated $50 in gift certificates for the 1st Place team.

Dawn Luman and John Persons took 1st Place and Arthur Medina and Tony Grounds placed 2nd. This year there were two 3rd Place teams—Misty and Steven Creech, a father/daughter team, and Kris Riley and Gregg Barrientos, III. Buddy Fuller is the proud new owner of the Dale Perry cue.

For more information on Toys for Tots visit toysfortots.org; and for more information on Northwest Dallas APA visit nwdallas.apaleagues.com.

St. Louis APA Hosts 4th Annual Kathleen Kirner Memorial Tournament

The St. Louis APA hosted the 4th Annual Kathleen Kirner Memorial Tournament on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 at The Cue in St. Louis, Mo. Kathy Kirner is an APA member who lost her battle with cancer just over three years ago.

The format was Jack & Jill 8-Ball Scotch Doubles, with a Skill Level Limit of 10 and a race-to-2. A total of 32 teams played in the pajama-themed tournament. First Place was awarded to Mark and Judy Obermeier and coming in 2nd Place was Les Simmons and Soumitra Saha. Tying for 3rd Place was Robbi Rohr and Bryan Beelek and Adam and Jill Davis. The top 3 finishers received cash prizes and the winners will have their name added to the house trophy.

Silent auction items were donated by Major Brands, Vaporized LLC, Schlafly Beer, American Poolplayers Association and Stephanie Stark Anderson with Thirty-One. Attendees brought food to share and a donation bucket collected additional contributions.

At the end of the evening, $1,918 was raised for the American Cancer Society in memory of Kathy Kirner.

Central Virginia APA Goes Pink for the Tri-Cup

After Central Virginia APA League Operator Dawn Buchanan’s mother passed away from cancer earlier in 2013, her family decided they wanted to raise money to support the cause. Dawn’s 11-year-old great niece and nephew, Destiny and Dakoda, came up with the idea to do a fundraiser during their Tri-Cup.

The Tri-Cup was held Oct. 18-20, 2013 at the Sandston Moose Lodge in Richmond, Va. Destiny and Dakoda made pink ribbons out of pool-related pins and pink ribbon, as well as bracelets, to be handed out to anyone who made a donation. Dawn and fellow League Operator, Marguerite Rueger, purchased some pink “APA Shoot for the Cure” sweatshirts and sold those as well, with the money being donated to the cause.

More than $1,300 was raised for the Susan G. Komen Foundation!

“With Marguerite also having lost her mother and sister to cancer, this cause is so near and dear to our hearts that we’re considering making this an annual ‘Go Pink During the Tri-Cup’ event, as our Tri-Cup is always held in October,” Dawn said. “Thank you to everyone who participated!”

Central Oklahoma APA Raises Money for Breast Cancer Research

Central Oklahoma APA League Operator Judy Duncan hosted a Shoot for the Cure benefit tournament for the National Breast Cancer Research Foundation on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. It was held at Jamaica Joe’s in Midwest City, Okla., and a total of $2,661 was raised for the charity!

The event consisted of APA Singles Qualifiers and Open Singles Tournaments. A silent auction, raffles and various pink ribbon sales items also helped raise money for the charity.  Other APA League Operators, Butch Patchell and John Riley played attendees that could, “Challenge the League Operators” for a donation. Those who beat the League Operator received a patch. It was a fun day for all and they raised money for a good cause at the same time!

Duncan wants to thank all those that were such a big help in running the event! They hope to make this an annual event.  A big thanks to all that donated to such a worthy cause!