SHOOTING STARS SUPPORT JUNIOR BILLIARDS
Pros raise funds at BEF Benefit
The Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) held its annual “Challenge the Stars” fundraiser on May 18th during the BCAPL National 8- Ball Championships and the 2010 U.S. Open 10-Ball Championship in Las Vegas. Pros, amateurs and fans contributed to the $4,200 that was raised to help fund academic scholarships, “Pool In School” and other junior billiard programs.
Among the pros that graciously donated their time to play on the 7’ Diamond tables were champions Jasmin Ouschan, Ralf Souquet, Tom “Dr. Cue” Rossman, Sarah Rousey, Charlie Williams, Dawn Hopkins, Grace Nakamura and Jason “The Michigan Kid” Lynch. The challengers were from among the thousands of amateur league players and fans attending the championships.
Spectators and challengers attending the benefit also participated in the silent auction, raffle and grab bag made possible by the generous donations from almost 30 billiard industry supporters. Included in the long list of donors is RT9 Design, Delta-13, Tiger Products, OB Cues, Viking Cue Mfg, PoolDawg.com, Cuestix International and McDermott Cue Mfg, just to name a few. Diamond Billiard Products and BCAPL provided the pool tables and arena for the festivities.
The BEF charity event was made possible by a team of over two dozen dedicated volunteers including Billy Joe Stephenson, Tim Thompson, Keven Engelke, John Taylor, Jerry Johnson, Scott “Scooter” Hutchinson, Aric Beckwith, Paul Hargrave, Claude Gragg, Kristie Womack, Rick Donor and many BCAPL referees. Randy Goettlicher and BEF President Tom Riccobene shared the honors as Master of Ceremonies. A comprehensive list of all who came together to support junior billiard programs is available on the BEF website at www.BilliardEducation.org.
About Billiard Education Foundation
The Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which is committed to promoting education and encourages the development of life skills through youth billiard programs. The BEF funds academic scholarships, produces the Junior National 9-Ball Championships, sponsors billiard athletes to attend the WPA World Junior 9-Ball Championships and promotes “Pool In School” programs. For more information, please visit www.BilliardEducation.org or call 303.926.1039.