The word “Bocce” is based on the Italian word for “bowls” and the game itself is supposedly derived from some ancient game played in Rome. I can picture two Roman centurions inventing the game using human skulls collected from their Mediterranean conquests; a far cry from the relaxing afternoon past-time that bocce ball is today. Aside from lawn darts and badminton, it really is the perfect Sunday picnic sport.
In 1997, a handful of people got together at La Palonia county park to have some fun and play some bocce ball. The following year, they tried again, and managed to raise almost $2,000 for charity. Now, 17 years since that first tournament, it has grown into a spectacular fundraiser with a plethora of corporate sponsors and over 50 volunteers.
This Sunday March 3, the Del Mar-Solana Beach Sunrise Rotary Club is hosting it’s 17th annual Turf Bocce Club, at Del Mar Horsepark, at 10am. With over 250 people currently registered, this family friendly event has raised over $400,000 for both local, and international charities. This year’s beneficiaries include: SOCIAL ADVOCATES FOR YOUTH, a non-profit dedicated to the positive development of San Diego’s children, families and communities, JUST IN TIME, which provides transitioning foster youth with opportunities for self-sufficiency, and COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER which provides critical assistance in the areas of domestic violence services.
Check out the bocce ball and charity auctions at Del Mar Horse Park, 14550 El Camino Real Del Mar, CA 92014