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June 18, 2013 > 'The Dalton Gang' rides again in Bocce victory

'The Dalton Gang' rides again in Bocce victory

Submitted By Ken Martin

Adobe Park Bocce courts in Castro Valley were filled with joyous shouts and angst on June 8 as the Buon Tempo Club hosted the 4th Annual George Mark Children's House Benefit Bocce Tournament. In the all-day event, "The Dalton Gang" prevailed over eleven other, younger, bocce teams.

Led by Jake Dalton, 88, with teammates Bud Adams, 90, Roy Evans, 92, and Ed Steinbuch, 95, the gang remained undefeated until a semi-final game against the "4 Amigos" team of Jim Murphy, John Anderson, Shorty Harrell, and Marty Gutierrez. Even with the loss, The Dalton Gang moved on to win the final match and become champions of the tournament.

Third place went to the "Bevilacqua Foreign Auto Repair" team of Gene Klein, Frank Miraglia, Marge Perata, and Marcie Ramos.

Local businesses helped sponsor the event; among them Al's Food Market, Castro Valley, Village Barber Shop, Castro Valley, and Bevilacqua Foreign Auto Repair, Hayward. Prize donors included The Ice Creamery, Castro Valley, Bob and Gerri Dows, Castro Valley, and Patty and Ken Martin, Castro Valley. A team entered by volunteers and workers from the George Mark House was sponsored by John and Joan Anderson of Castro Valley.

The tournament raised nearly $2,000 for the George Mark Children's House, a facility for the palliative care of terminally ill children and a respite for their care givers, a unique organization that depends largely on donations for their operation.

Donations can be sent to the George Mark Children's House, 2121 George Mark Drive, San Leandro, CA 94579

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