Every January the ladies of Somerset County in New Jersey challenge the men to a Battle of the Sexes event. Of course, we are talking about a pool tournament for a good cause! This years event was held Jan. 9 at McCormicks Pub in Somerville, N.J. APA League Operator Brian Boyle runs the tournament every year as a way of giving back to the community. Boyle doesnt take all of the credit, I couldnt do it without the help of my Division Rep, Chris Sarra. Chris has been a driving force behind this event since day one.
The Battle of the Sexes event raised $1,574, with 60 percent going to the winning teams charity and 40 percent going to the losing teams charity. The men were victorious, winning by only one point and securing $944.40 for Juvenile Diabetes Research. The ladies one point defeat wasnt in vain, as $629.60 was donated to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital in their honor.
Money is collected through entry fees, raffles, donations and a potluck style dinner. Members can bring a covered dish and get a $5 discount on the entry fee, Boyle said. We charge $5 a plate to anyone at the location, not just tournament participants, and we have more food than we can eat.
This year marked the 4th Anniversary of the Battle of the Sexes Tournament. The event has become more successful each year! For more information about APA of Central New Jersey visit apacentralnj.com.