Bocci Tournament benefits Saint Francis Commons in Lackawanna County


OLD FORGE, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) Some say it’s BAH’ chee while others say BOHchee but no matter how you pronounce it, the sport served as a competition for a cause this Memorial Day weekend.

Old Forge Sons of Italy hosted their 5th annual bocce tournament as a way to help veterans.

 Participants paid a 100 dollar entrance fee for a four-person team.

Those proceeds benefit Saint Francis Commons in Downtown Scranton which provides transitional housing to homeless vets.

 Anthony Agone, a WWII veteran, participated in the tourney for the first time and something tells us he may be back again next year.

I’ll tell you I’ve attended a lot of parties but this is the best. It’s the first time I’ve been down here. I didn’t know that they had a branch down here.

The tournament started in 2015 the year after Saint Francis Commons opened because it needed funding at the time.

It continues the tradition to this day.

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