Sunday, August 17, 2008

Muscular Dystrophy Fundraiser - A Bocce Tournament

Yesterday my husband and I put on our sixth annual Bocce Tournament to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. A couple years after we moved into our house my husband said he wanted to build a regulation 80' limestone bocce court in our backyard.(see photo - before the bocce-loving throngs arrived) I'm not sure I even knew what bocce was until I fell in love with this Italian. But that's what we have in our backyard and it's provided a lot of fun for friends and family because it's a game anyone can play. The tournament has 32 teams and generally lasts around nine hours. Probably 100+ people visit our backyard during that time. We have a raffle with great donated prizes such as tickets for Major and Minor League teams, gift cards to many area restaurants, signed footballs from the Browns etc. My husband works for many weeks to make this fundraiser a success and thanks to our generous friends and family - it always is. Those people alone bring in over $4000 every year. The winners receive a coveted trophy and their name engraved on a plaque.

Then on Labor Day weekend my husband and stepson, who has Duchenne's muscular dystrophy, proudly present the check at the local station televising Jerry Lewis's Labor Day Telethon. The MDA telethon has been televised and hosted by Jerry Lewis since 1966, but Jerry has been working for and raising money for MDA since 1952. Before he became ill several years ago he would host the entire 22 hour telethon non-stop. Now he comes in at intervals and always, at the end, sings a tearful version of "You'll Never Walk Alone."

If you are not aware, there are 40 different neuro-muscular diseases that can each devastate victims and families. My friend Jacquie, who passed away in March had MD. The most famous person was Lou Gehrig, the New York Yankee for whom amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is named after.

Muscular dystrophy is not to be confused with Multiple Sclerosis, which strangely enough, two of my family members also have now.
Anyway - it's wonderful, inspiring day and boy - ARE WE TIRED!!!


Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

That is such an inspiring thing to do. And so original.

happyone said...

What a wonderful thing to do!! A great idea for a fund raiser.
God bless you all!

Cheryl said...

Wow! What an amazing fund raiser. There must be so much work involved, but how rewarding. Kudos to you and yours for taking on this big event!

CJM-R said...

Wow, how cool to have a bocce ball court in your own back yard! The fund raiser sounds like fantastic event.

I agree, so inspirational and what a fun way to bring family and friends together to support the cause.

Get some rest!

james2285 said...

good idea havent seen or talked to the gf in over a week. good time to start the beging of the inevitable end.