When longtime APA member and Host Location owner Bill Teddy Bear Wetherell passed away last September, Central Illinois League Operator Kim Jones knew she was going to keep his memory alive somehow. On Jan. 30 she fulfilled that mission by holding a 3-on-3 charity tournament in Wetherells honor. The tournament raised money for the Boys & Girls Club of Decatur, Ill., a charity that Wetherell personally contributed to each Christmas.
Bill was a generous man, and we wanted to continue his contributions through an APA event, Jones said. He loved the APA, playing in the League since 1989, so a pool tournament benefitting an organization that he cared about was a logical choice.
The Teddy Bear Tournament, held at Rendezvous Bar & Grill in Decatur, Ill., raised $2,400 for the Boys & Girls Club of Decatur. The double elimination 3-on-3 tournament included 32 teams. The team consisting of Chris Akers, Blake Rauch and Coty Pinnell won 1st Place. Carol Gifford, Rob Thompson and Dave Miller finished as Runners-Up. Third place went to Todd Tibbs, Tiffany Blastenbrei and Ricky George. Ken Koshinski, Jim Irwin and Chris Sullivan finished in 4th Place.