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Bocce ball tournament raising money for new playground

All-abilities playground for families in underprivileged community


ROANOKE, Va. – The Kiwanis Club of Roanoke is hosting a bocce ball tournament this weekend to raise money to build a playground for underserved families.

The new, all-abilities playground will be built near the new Melrose library in Roanoke next year.

Members have raised about $285,000, so far thanks to grants and donations. However, they need to raise $400,000 total.

This Saturday, Sept. 28, the club is hosting the tournament and it's open to anyone.

"It's just so much fun. It's for families, it's for adults and if I can play, you can play," said Jackie Bledsoe, the co-chair of the playground project.

Teams can still sign up. Tickets cost $100 and include food and drinks.

The tournament will take place on the Roanoke Catholic School soccer field from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

To donate to the playground, contact the Kiwanis Club of Roanoke.


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