It was an exciting weekend at Baxter’s in Fairview Heights, Ill., as Midwest Illinois APA held their annual charity event in memory of longtime member Bob Hinkle, Jr.  The benefit raised $1,400 for the St. Louis Regional Chapter of the ALS Association.

The event kicked off Friday, Dec. 10 with an exhibition by Tom “Dr. Cue” Rossman.  Dr. Cue put on a fantastic trick shot show for approximately 40 people.  In lieu of an admission fee, spectators were asked to make a donation to help fight ALS—better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Saturday featured an 8-Ball scotch doubles tournament and a lag competition.  The father and son team of Marty and Martin Kaczmarowski won the scotch doubles tournament for the second straight year.  It was not an easy victory, as Marty and Martin lost their second match and had to make their way through the loser’s bracket.  Jake Freely and Kenny Fairall finished in 2nd Place, and the teams consisting of Terry Elrod and Mike Whitelaw and Jeff Meadows and Mike Tripp tied for 3rd Place.

The lag competition was run by Dr. Cue and Ms. Cue, who matched the money collected from entry fees for the competition.  First Place in the lag competition went to Kenny Fairall, Travis King finished in 2nd Place, 3rd Place went to Marty Kaczmarowski and Niki Fudge finished in 4th Place.  Everyone who participated in the tournament received an APA holiday patch and ornament— everyone who made a donation received an APA holiday patch and ALS red bracelet.

Baxter’s donated all of the table time for Dr. Cue’s show on Friday night and the tournament on Saturday.  Prizes were donated by Rixstine Recognition, Gary Newingham of Cue Buddy, Patti and Steve Lash of Budget Signs, Trophies & Plaques, Joe and Kathy Gertken, Tom and Marty Rossman, Bruce and Dana Patton and Judy and Alex Hinkle, who also donated their time to help run the event.  Also donating their time to sell raffle tickets and collect donations were Kathy Gillespie, Lynn Cook and Sandy Cook.

Please visit alsa.org for more information about the ALS Association; for additional information about the Midwest Illinois APA visit midwestil.apaleagues.com.

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