Out & About: Westmoreland Croquet Tournament
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.