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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!

Central Illinois APA Holds Shoot for a Cure to Benefit Relay for Life

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.

Vonta Leach Foundation Partnered with APA Pool League of Maryland for the Fight Against Breast Cancer

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.

Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill APA Hosts “Crossing for the Cure”

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.