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Out & About: Westmoreland Croquet Tournament

Dawn Law
| Sunday, June 11, 2017, 9:00 p.m.
(from left), Donna Tidwell, and her nephew, Taylor Weathersby, 8, pose with the swans at the Pittsburgh Ballet tent, during the annual Westmoreland Croquet Tournament, hosted by the Old Joe Club Charities and the Westmoreland Croquet Club, held at the Westmoreland County Community College in Hempfield Township on Sunday afternoon, June 11, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Donna Tidwell, and her nephew, Taylor Weathersby, 8, pose with the swans at the Pittsburgh Ballet tent, during the annual Westmoreland Croquet Tournament, hosted by the Old Joe Club Charities and the Westmoreland Croquet Club, held at the Westmoreland County Community College in Hempfield Township on Sunday afternoon, June 11, 2017.
Adalee Hopkins, (front), 3, of Pittsburgh, gets a croquet lesson from her grandfather, Ron Hopkins, of Greensburg, during the annual Westmoreland Croquet Tournament, hosted by the Old Joe Club Charities and the Westmoreland Croquet Club, held at the Westmoreland County Community College in Hempfield Township on Sunday afternoon, June 11, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Adalee Hopkins, (front), 3, of Pittsburgh, gets a croquet lesson from her grandfather, Ron Hopkins, of Greensburg, during the annual Westmoreland Croquet Tournament, hosted by the Old Joe Club Charities and the Westmoreland Croquet Club, held at the Westmoreland County Community College in Hempfield Township on Sunday afternoon, June 11, 2017.
(from left), Jolene Naugle and Ryan Naugle, of Greensburg, and Julie Oplinger, of Murrysville, play a match, during the annual Westmoreland Croquet Tournament, hosted by the Old Joe Club Charities and the Westmoreland Croquet Club, held at the Westmoreland County Community College in Hempfield Township on Sunday afternoon, June 11, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Jolene Naugle and Ryan Naugle, of Greensburg, and Julie Oplinger, of Murrysville, play a match, during the annual Westmoreland Croquet Tournament, hosted by the Old Joe Club Charities and the Westmoreland Croquet Club, held at the Westmoreland County Community College in Hempfield Township on Sunday afternoon, June 11, 2017.
Julie Slezak, (front), of Latrobe, watches the course of her ball, during the annual Westmoreland Croquet Tournament, hosted by the Old Joe Club Charities and the Westmoreland Croquet Club, held at the Westmoreland County Community College in Hempfield Township on Sunday afternoon, June 11, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Julie Slezak, (front), of Latrobe, watches the course of her ball, during the annual Westmoreland Croquet Tournament, hosted by the Old Joe Club Charities and the Westmoreland Croquet Club, held at the Westmoreland County Community College in Hempfield Township on Sunday afternoon, June 11, 2017.
(from left), Joe Godlewski, of The Villages, FL, Connie Caverno, of Greensburg, and Shelby Godlewski, of The Villages, FL, gather for a photo, during the annual Westmoreland Croquet Tournament, hosted by the Old Joe Club Charities and the Westmoreland Croquet Club, held at the Westmoreland County Community College in Hempfield Township on Sunday afternoon, June 11, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Joe Godlewski, of The Villages, FL, Connie Caverno, of Greensburg, and Shelby Godlewski, of The Villages, FL, gather for a photo, during the annual Westmoreland Croquet Tournament, hosted by the Old Joe Club Charities and the Westmoreland Croquet Club, held at the Westmoreland County Community College in Hempfield Township on Sunday afternoon, June 11, 2017.
(from left), Gina DiPietrantonio, of Weirton, WV, Rita DiSalvo, of Greensburg, Carol Vallozzi, of Greensburg, and Mary Ross Cox, of Greensburg, gather for a photo, during the annual Westmoreland Croquet Tournament, hosted by the Old Joe Club Charities and the Westmoreland Croquet Club, held at the Westmoreland County Community College in Hempfield Township on Sunday afternoon, June 11, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Gina DiPietrantonio, of Weirton, WV, Rita DiSalvo, of Greensburg, Carol Vallozzi, of Greensburg, and Mary Ross Cox, of Greensburg, gather for a photo, during the annual Westmoreland Croquet Tournament, hosted by the Old Joe Club Charities and the Westmoreland Croquet Club, held at the Westmoreland County Community College in Hempfield Township on Sunday afternoon, June 11, 2017.
(from left), Jim Woods, of Plum, join Jim and Pat Kowatch for a photo, during the annual Westmoreland Croquet Tournament, hosted by the Old Joe Club Charities and the Westmoreland Croquet Club, held at the Westmoreland County Community College in Hempfield Township on Sunday afternoon, June 11, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Jim Woods, of Plum, join Jim and Pat Kowatch for a photo, during the annual Westmoreland Croquet Tournament, hosted by the Old Joe Club Charities and the Westmoreland Croquet Club, held at the Westmoreland County Community College in Hempfield Township on Sunday afternoon, June 11, 2017.
(from left), Gaetano DiSalvo joins Ernie Vallozzi for a photo, during the annual Westmoreland Croquet Tournament, hosted by the Old Joe Club Charities and the Westmoreland Croquet Club, held at the Westmoreland County Community College in Hempfield Township on Sunday afternoon, June 11, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Gaetano DiSalvo joins Ernie Vallozzi for a photo, during the annual Westmoreland Croquet Tournament, hosted by the Old Joe Club Charities and the Westmoreland Croquet Club, held at the Westmoreland County Community College in Hempfield Township on Sunday afternoon, June 11, 2017.
(from left), Julie Ryan, of Greensburg, and Carly Bryan, of Irwin, pose for a photo, during the annual Westmoreland Croquet Tournament, hosted by the Old Joe Club Charities and the Westmoreland Croquet Club, held at the Westmoreland County Community College in Hempfield Township on Sunday afternoon, June 11, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Julie Ryan, of Greensburg, and Carly Bryan, of Irwin, pose for a photo, during the annual Westmoreland Croquet Tournament, hosted by the Old Joe Club Charities and the Westmoreland Croquet Club, held at the Westmoreland County Community College in Hempfield Township on Sunday afternoon, June 11, 2017.
(from left), Riley Naugle, 10, Jacob Silvis V, 8, and his sister Lily Silvis, 10, pose for a photo in the winter wonderland with 'Olaf',  during the annual Westmoreland Croquet Tournament, hosted by the Old Joe Club Charities and the Westmoreland Croquet Club, held at the Westmoreland County Community College in Hempfield Township on Sunday afternoon, June 11, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Riley Naugle, 10, Jacob Silvis V, 8, and his sister Lily Silvis, 10, pose for a photo in the winter wonderland with 'Olaf', during the annual Westmoreland Croquet Tournament, hosted by the Old Joe Club Charities and the Westmoreland Croquet Club, held at the Westmoreland County Community College in Hempfield Township on Sunday afternoon, June 11, 2017.
(from left), Rennick Remley, of Pittsburgh, Heather Dougherty, of Pittsburgh, Yvonne Stack, of Ligonier, and Andrew Davis, (back), of Pittsburgh, tending the bar, gather for a photo during the annual Westmoreland Croquet Tournament, hosted by the Old Joe Club Charities and the Westmoreland Croquet Club, held at the Westmoreland County Community College in Hempfield Township on Sunday afternoon, June 11, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Rennick Remley, of Pittsburgh, Heather Dougherty, of Pittsburgh, Yvonne Stack, of Ligonier, and Andrew Davis, (back), of Pittsburgh, tending the bar, gather for a photo during the annual Westmoreland Croquet Tournament, hosted by the Old Joe Club Charities and the Westmoreland Croquet Club, held at the Westmoreland County Community College in Hempfield Township on Sunday afternoon, June 11, 2017.
(from left), Ben Slater, 8, of Latrobe, Ella Helman, 9, of Greensburg, and Maddie Slater, 10, of Latrobe, watch a match, during the annual Westmoreland Croquet Tournament, hosted by the Old Joe Club Charities and the Westmoreland Croquet Club, held at the Westmoreland County Community College in Hempfield Township on Sunday afternoon, June 11, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Ben Slater, 8, of Latrobe, Ella Helman, 9, of Greensburg, and Maddie Slater, 10, of Latrobe, watch a match, during the annual Westmoreland Croquet Tournament, hosted by the Old Joe Club Charities and the Westmoreland Croquet Club, held at the Westmoreland County Community College in Hempfield Township on Sunday afternoon, June 11, 2017.
(from left), Event organizer, Amy Dicesere, joins tournament founder, Ernie Vallozzi, for a photo during the annual Westmoreland Croquet Tournament, hosted by the Old Joe Club Charities and the Westmoreland Croquet Club, held at the Westmoreland County Community College in Hempfield Township on Sunday afternoon, June 11, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Event organizer, Amy Dicesere, joins tournament founder, Ernie Vallozzi, for a photo during the annual Westmoreland Croquet Tournament, hosted by the Old Joe Club Charities and the Westmoreland Croquet Club, held at the Westmoreland County Community College in Hempfield Township on Sunday afternoon, June 11, 2017.

The 28th annual Westmoreland Croquet Tournament was June 11 at its new digs at Westmoreland County Community College in Hempfield.

Under a shade tree, Ernie Vallozzi, president of Old Joe Club Charities Inc. and founder of the tournament with Georgia Smith, sat with event coordinator Amy Dicesere discussing changes to one of the largest sanctioned croquet tournaments in the country.

“WCCC has been wonderful to work with,” and the site doubles court space, Vallozzi said.

“Friends come in from out of state, out of town,” he said. “People plan their vacations around it.”

Through its sponsor, the Community Foundation of Westmoreland County, the tournament showcased six nonprofits at informational tents: Action for Animals, Westmoreland County Blind Association, YWCA, Genre's Kids with Cancer Fund, Westmoreland Community Action and Knead Community Cafe.

Dicesere said there were 258 players this year, and the event raises grant money for local service and arts and educational organizations like Greensburg Salem's Honor Society, which volunteers every year.

They speculated attendance was about 2,000.

“It's not our biggest year, but it's the biggest in five to six years,” Vallozzi said.

To learn more about Old Joe Club Charities or to apply for a grant, visit oldjoeclub.com.

Seen: Doug and Karen Weimer, David Volpe and Shawn Spadaro, J.R. and Judy Ross, Allison Ross and Patrick Barry, Eric and Michele Bononi, chef Gaetano DiSalvo, Carol Vallozzi, Rita DiSalvo, George Shaner and Michael Philopena, Pat and Jan Condo Taylor, Brenda and Terry Kovach, Chuck and Nancy Anderson, Kevin Miscik, Caleb Crousey, Mary Ross Cox, Gina DiPietrantonio and Phil Koch.

Dawn Law is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.

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