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.
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 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!
The Central Illinois APA held the Inaugural Shoot for a Cure 9-Ball tournament on June 29, 2013 at Biggen’s Bar & Billiards in Decatur, Ill. Twenty-eight doubles teams participated with $4,450 being raised for the Relay for Life – American Cancer Society!
First place was awarded to Amanda Russell and Jeremy Church. Taking 2nd Place was Kristy Edenburn and Shawn Ware and 3rd Place went to Sue Koshinski and Tina Scott.
This tournament was near and dear to Central APA League Operator Kim Jones, as her sister, “Delta” Dawn, was diagnosed with the disease in 2010. Today she is in remission and “paying it forward” by supporting Relay for Life.
On Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, the Vonta Leach Foundation partnered with the APA Pool League of Maryland to host the 2nd Annual Shoot for a Cure. It was a round-robin 9-Ball tournament held at Dave and Buster’s in the Anne Arundel County Mall. Twenty-five 3-person teams competed with Baltimore Raven Team Captains for a spot in the final 4. Some of the Ravens players included Vonta Leach, Ray Rice, Jacoby Jones, Michael Oher, Tyrod Taylor, Torrey Smith and Justin Tucker.
APA of Maryland held a qualifying tournament in early October. Teams paid $100 for a chance to advance to the main event. Fifty-eight teams participated and 10 teams advanced.
During the main event there were silent auctions and raffles sold to add to the grand total of $8,431 that the APA of Maryland raised. 100% of all proceeds were donated to the Vonta Leach Foundation for Breast Cancer Awareness.
The champion team was Tyrod Taylor (Ravens player), David Bambino, Sam Lacy and David Howdyshell. The 2nd place team was Vonta Leach (Ravens player), Joe Huntzinger, Mike Fair and Tom Gourley. All six individuals play in the APA of Maryland.
On Saturday, July 20, 2013 the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill APA held the 2nd Annual “Crossing for the Cure” pool tournament—a one-of-a-kind fundraising event for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. It was a Jack & Jill scotch doubles tournament with a twist—the “Jack” in the duo had to dress as a woman! The tournament was held at Buck’s Billiards in Cary, N.C., and was an enormous success. The guys went all out when it came to “crossing for the cause!” A total of 36 scotch doubles teams participated.
The day started with the “Miss APA” womanless beauty pageant. All of the guys filled out a questionnaire with their nickname, turn-ons and turn-offs, etc. They strutted their stuff in front of a huge audience of cameras and laughter, while the DJ played their song and read their information. Non-biased judges had a difficult time picking a winner, but crowned Wilson Morales as Miss APA 2013. Morales received a sash, crown and 2-foot trophy. Check out more pictures on the “Tour for the Cure” Facebook page.
There were multiple raffles and giveaways, as well as a bake sale. There were separate cue raffles which included two cues, one donated by the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill APA and one donated by D&D Cue Repair. When the final totals were added up, the tournament raised over $2,900 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
The “Crossing for the Cure” tournament was coordinated by Leslie Boulware, the APA Ladies Tour Director, with the help of Elizabeth Heinrich and Catherine Wood. The APA Ladies “Tour for the Cure” offers local area female players the chance to get together for some great competition while also raising money to help find a cure for breast cancer. The APA Ladies Tour consists of six 1-day tournaments a year. The events are 8-Ball handicapped tournaments. The tour sells 30 to 40 tour cards a year and averages 20-30 players per event. The tournaments rotate through local APA Host Locations that choose to participate, with Buck’s Billiards in Raleigh, N.C., and On The Snap Billiards in Fuquay Varina, N.C., being the main sponsor locations. Since its inception in 2006, the APA Ladies “Tour for the Cure” has raised over $15,000 towards the fight against breast cancer.
For more information about the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill APA, visit apa-raleigh.com/. For more information about the APA Ladies “Tour for the Cure”, visit facebook.com/pages/APA-Raleigh-Ladies-Tour-for-the-Cure/186291114740830.
APA of San Antonio held a charity tournament on Sept. 14 at Fast Eddie’s – Embassy Oaks in San Antonio. It was an adult-child 8-Ball Scotch Doubles format with proceeds benefiting the Down Syndrome Association of South Texas on behalf of Haly Welch. The age group for the children was 10-17, with 15 teams participating in the event.
In addition to the tournament, the day’s activities included a raffle with various prizes. Prizes included a custom cue made by APA member Hector Otani and a Cuetec cue from Pete’s Billiards (the owners are also APA members).
Between the tournament entry fees and raffle sales, over $1,000 was raised! An added bonus to the day was when the winner of the custom cue, Jane Tomey, returned the cue back to the League Operator, Scott Racy. It was raffled off at the League’s banquet on Sept. 21 to raise additional funds for the charity. Trophies were presented to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place finishers.
Greater Washington DC APA League Operators Lee and Jane Tiani decided it was time to step in and help when their member, Bobby Prince, Jr., passed away in March 2013. Bobby was qualified for the 2013 Wheelchair Challenge held during the National Singles Championships in Las Vegas in April. He previously won the event in 2011, along with the Wheelchair Challenge Sportsmanship Award.
“Since his family didn’t have insurance and because we all cared so much for Bobby, we felt we needed to get involved and help his wife, Leslie, with the funeral expenses,” Lee said.
In early April, the Tiani’s held several 50/50 raffles in Bobby’s memory. In addition, they raffled off a cue and case. In all three 50/50 drawings held, each winner donated their entire winnings back to Leslie. After the drawings, donations from Greater Washington DC APA staff, “from the heart” donations and the $1,000 Las Vegas trip Bobby had earned, Leslie was presented with $3,544.
“In addition, we presented a memorial plaque to Bank Shot Bar & Grill to be permanently displayed, renaming Division 068 the ‘Bobby Prince, Jr. Memorial 8-Ball League’. We also presented an exact replica plaque to Leslie to take home with her,” Lee said.
There were lots of hugs and tears throughout the room, especially from Leslie, who said through her tears that she had no idea that Bobby was so well liked in the pool community and that she is sure he is now her guardian angel and is looking out for her.
Wizards Sports Cafe in Richardson, Texas was once again the site of the 2nd Annual NW Dallas APA Toys for Tots 8-Ball Scotch Doubles Tournament. Thirty-three teams came armed with toys as an entry fee and over 700 toys were collected. Cpl. Hammers from the United States Marine Corps was on hand to collect the toys, estimated at over $5,000, and help out with the event.
Lori Way, NW Dallas APA League Operator, donated two Action pool cues for 1st Place and an assortment of APA merchandise for 3rd Place; Wizards Sports Cafe donated $50 in gift certificates for the 2nd Place team.
Terry Klockenga and Dennis Hayward took 1st Place, Chris White & Virginia Kurrus placed 2nd, and Orietta Strickland and Dorilla Strickland finished 3rd.
For more information on Toys for Tots visit toysfortots.org; and for more information on Northwest Dallas APA visit nwdallas.apaleagues.com.
Golden Cue Billiards in Albany, NY hosted the 2012 APA of Greater Albany Holiday 8-Ball Tournament on December 8. Over 40 players came out to donate, enjoy the holiday festivities, and play in a modified single elimination 8-Ball tournament. The event raised $885 for the Samaritan Shelters for troubled teens.
The field consisted of APA members with various skill levels competing for cash and awards. APA of Greater Albany added $300 to the event and divided it out amongst the top 8 finishers. The final match between Tom Acciavatti (skill level 7) and Clark Seguine (skill level 4) featured some great play. Clark lost early in the tournament and had to climb his way back to the winners side. Tom edged out Clark 4-1 in the finals.
For more information on Samaritan Shelters visit samaritanshelters.org, and for information in the APA of Greater Albany visit apaofalbany.com.