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Dan Phelan bowls, with Carolyn Phelan and other players and spectators cheering him on. Courtesy photo
Dan Phelan bowls, with Carolyn Phelan and other players and spectators cheering him on. Courtesy photo
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Rotary begins prep for spring bocce tournament

DEL MAR — Preparations are in full swing for the Rotary Club 18th annual Turf Bocce Ball Tournament at the Del Mar Horse Park March 23.


The club recommends registering now for this annual fundraiser and “Family Day” targeted to raise more than $50,000 for youth and humanitarian programs.

Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary Club members are currently signing up sponsors and auction donors. For Bocce 2014 Tournament information, see or contact Vicky Mallett via,

“Although many people have said that they don’t know how to play bocce, it is amazing how only a few games will lead them to want a bocce set for a birthday or holiday present,” said Vicky Mallett, Bocce 2014 co-chairwoman.

All dollars raised by the tournament benefit youth programs aimed at breaking the cycle of illiteracy, poor parenting, ill health and domestic abuse. Past major beneficiaries include Community Resource Center’s Therapeutic Children’s Center, Just In Time (for Foster Youth), Social Advocates for Youth, and Voices for Children.

Tournament funds in smaller amounts also have gone to such local programs as dictionaries for all local third-graders, scholarships at Canyon Crest Academy, YMCA camp for foster children, youth leadership programs, Stand Down for homeless vets and Wounded Warriors support.

Internationally, funding has gone to school books and supplies, clean water projects, medical equipment and supplies, and, in El Salvador, on-going support of youth education and health. For many of these programs, individual Rotarians and the Rotary Foundation have provided matching dollars and personal donations, the total of which have averaged in excess of $80,000 per year for the last several years.

Tournament play will take place on 32 bocce courts laid out on the Horse Park’s grand prix field, while onlookers can watch from alongside the playing courts or from the spectator seats that surround the playing field. Those who would like to watch the fun, play a little bocce after lunch, win a nice auction item, and support Rotary’s charitable programs are invited to come out and join in with everyone else.

The Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary Club consists of men and women working together to make this world a better place for all. For information about DMSB Rotary, go to or contact Richard Fogg at (858) 693-7556 or Diane Huckabee at (619) 818-0528.