The ‘AmeriTitle Entertainment’ crew gathered early on August 12th at The Oregon Garden to begin setup for the Silverton edition of ‘The Big LeBocce’ Charity Bocce Ball Tournament. Shyla Malloy, AmeriTitle Business Development Representative and new addition to the Lebanon branch, said, “Watching this group work is amazing. They all seem to know what to do without even talking about it… they just dive in and get to work.” Within a few hours, the beautiful greens adjacent to the Frank Schmidt Jr. building were transformed into a bocce tournament field.
AmeriTitle is in its 4th year of organizing this unique event to raise funds for local non-profit organizations. They recruit teams of 4 to play the game. Each team pays a $100 entry fee and designates a local non-profit organization. The winning team takes all the funds for their charity. There is also a costume contest that ups the fun factor and creates additional opportunities to give to those charities. The bocce ball tournament events have been held in Bend, Salem, and Silverton and have collectively raised over $44,000.
Rosi Green, Corporate Marketing Specialist in the Silverton branch, was the lead organizer for the Silverton event. She shared, “Golf tournaments have been a standard way to raise funds for years, but not everybody plays golf. Bocce is a game that anybody and all ages can play. This year, many people brought their kids to participate. The tournament is a great way to introduce kids to how much fun it can be to give back to the community. We really enjoyed seeing families gathered together on the courts. This event not only gives a nice chunk of cash to a local non-profit, but it raises awareness for all of the charities designated by the teams.”
‘The Big LeBocce’ Charity Bocce Ball Tournament – Silverton Edition Winners for 2015:
Teams ‘Mission ImBocceBall’ and ‘Boccelism’ battled it out in the championship round. In the end, members of the Satern family (Dan, Brian, Brent and Kelly) claimed victory for Mission ImBocceBall. They were rolling for Silver Falls Young Life.
The costume contest winners who brought the most flair:
- First Place: The Romans funded by Audrey Tappan from Mortgage First
- Benefitting The Walton Guest House
- Second Place: RE/MAX Greasers funded by Trudi Schmidt of RE/MAX HomeSource
- Benefitting Silverton Area Community Aid
- Third Place: Homestead Honey Rollers funded by Mike Roth of Oregon Investment Realty and Homestead Honey
- Benefitting Liberty House
AmeriTitle Regional Manager, Eric Templeton, stated, “This event cannot happen without the community coming together. The teams dedicate their valuable time and funds to create the success of this event. AmeriTitle extends a huge amount of gratitude to our clients and friends who participated this year.”
Special thanks to The Oregon Garden for supporting the Silverton event and for providing a stunning venue. Toni Dassance and Robin Paulissen from American Dream Home Mortgage provide professional photography services for these events.
To learn more about all of the non-profit groups that were selected by the teams, please visit their websites below. If any of these speak to you, you are encouraged to find a way to get involved or support their good deeds in our area.
- Liberty House – “Assessment, advice and support for children and families facing concerns of child abuse or neglect. “
- Community Fountain Mosaic – “Let’s put a fresh face on an important, but neglected historic asset.”
- NWV Habitat for Humanity – “Our vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live.”
- Oregon Garden Foundation – “Your gifts help us to keep the Garden beautiful, while fulfilling our mission of inspiring and educating visitors of all ages.”
- Silverton Area Community Aid – Imagine… no hunger.
- Salem Area Realtors Community Fund – Give back to the community through your association. There is power in numbers!
- Silverton Together – A community progress team whose mission is to promote efforts to strengthen and support families.
- The Walton Guest House – Providing “a ‘home away from home’ in a caring atmosphere for those who are from out of town and have relatives or friends in Salem Hospital, and who might otherwise be unable to obtain lodging at a time of personal crisis.”
- Virtue First Foundation – “Promoting virtue to re-build the character of America’s youth.”
- Wake the World – “Caring through sharing the gift of water sports.”
- Wounded Warrior Project – “The greatest casualty is being forgotten.”
- Young Life – “Young Life is for everyone who wants to get the most out of life.”
The Silverton event is a warm-up for a much larger event that is coming up in Salem at Salem Golf Club. Registration is open for the September 1st tournament. If you have questions or want to request a registration form, please call AmeriTitle at 503-581-1431.