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Members of Let's Roll —Todd Armstrong, Dave Bean, Greg Chan and Ron Wessels — receive their bocce trophy from Melanie Anguay, St. Vincent de Paul of Contra Costa County executive director, left, and Joleen Lafayette, Loaves & Fishes development director, right.
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Bocce tournament raises $17,000
to feed the hungry in Contra Costa

More than 130 bocce ball players of all levels competed Aug. 3 in a tournament that raised more than $17,000 for St. Vincent de Paul of Contra Costa County and Loaves & Fishes of Contra Costa County.

The two nonprofit organizations collaborate to offer a free lunch program in Pittsburg at the St. Vincent de Paul Free Dining Room. The Martinez tournament was their first joint fundraising event.

The tournament was won by Let's Roll, a team of lawn bowlers from Concord. Its captain is Todd Armstrong.

"All the players had a great time, experienced players and those who were playing bocce ball for the first time," said Melanie Anguay, executive director of St. Vincent de Paul.

Tournament sponsors included Wells Fargo Bank, Kaiser Permanente, DD & Co., Katy Andino, the Jim and Leanne Noe Family and Kohl's. The Martinez Kiwanis, Kohl's Associates in Action and the Carondelet High School lacrosse team provided volunteer assistance.

"This event is intended to heighten the awareness of the missions of St. Vincent de Paul and Loaves & Fishes within the community," said Jim Noe, St. Vincent de Paul of Contra Costa County board president. "Many people throughout the county are not familiar with the family support services St. Vincent de Paul and Loaves & Fishes provide such as food, a free medical clinic and a job training program for the difficult-to-employ."

With five dining rooms throughout the county, Loaves & Fishes serves more than 180,000 free, hot meals a year. St. Vincent de Paul provides help to more than 141,000 individuals in Contra Costa County annually through programs including emergency food, health and wellness services, rental and housing assistance and thrift stores that provide free clothing and furniture.

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