This week, staff writer Laura Rysz talks with John Mecca about the inaugural Penn State Scranton THON Bocce Tournament.
Professional background: IT director at Lackawanna County Housing Authority and member of the Lackawanna County Commissioners Bocce Tournament Committee
Title: Chairman and planner
Q: What was the inspiration for this event?
A: I really enjoy the game of bocce and try to plan one tournament a year for a local charity who could use some help in raising funds for its cause. I help with and play in many of the tournaments in the area each year but plan and run just one. We run a lot of tournaments at Arcaro and Genell’s every year and raise a great deal of money for local charities. Arcaro and Genell’s is an asset to Old Forge and our local community for putting these courts in and giving us a place to do what we do. Bocce is a great game, and it is nice to see new people learning and enjoying playing it while we help out some great causes.
Q: Who is the Bocce tournament open to?
A: Anyone who would like to come out and play or just come and watch and enjoy some food and drinks and support THON.
Q: What will be served?
A: We will have breakfast, lunch and dinner including drinks. $25 per person includes your spot to play in the tournament as well as food and drink all day. For $20, you can come and watch and eat and drink all day if you don’t want to play. It is a great day to just come out and enjoy yourself and have some fun while helping a great cause.
Q: What else will be on hand at the event?
A: We will have raffles with baskets and gift certificates from local businesses and a 50/50.
Q: How will proceeds be used?
A: All proceeds from the event will be donated to Penn State Scranton’s THON organization and will go to help in the fight against pediatric cancer.
If you go
What: Inaugural Penn State Scranton THON Bocce Tournament
When: Saturday, Sept. 28, 8:30 a.m.
Where: Arcaro and Genell’s, 443 S. Main St., Old Forge
Details: Admission is $25 per player and includes play, food and drink all day and $20 per spectator for food and drink all day. For more information, contact John Mecca at 570-241-1430 to be a sponsor or sign up. Team spots are limited.
Laura Rysz is the features copy editor and calendar editor at The Times-Tribune and runs the Talk of the Times column, which focuses on local fundraisers and other events. Additionally, Laura curates events online and copy edits print editions of the Life&Times and Weekend Times sections of the newspaper. She is a graduate of Haddonfield Memorial High School, New Jersey, and earned an English professional writing degree with a minor in mass communications from King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. Contact: email@example.com; 570-348-9100 x5228; @laurarysz