Sixteen teams competed in the inaugural APA pool tournament to benefit the Annual Leslie Colucci-Sparano Summerfest, raising $478 for the cause.  Ken Atkinson and Randal Burbick took 1st Place in the Scotch Doubles tournament, with Bob Brawn and Melena Thompson finishing in 2nd Place.  The tournament took place at the VFW Stanley Snyder Post on Nov. 5.  League Operator Mark Kasiorek hopes to make the benefit an annual event with just one minor change.  “I think the timing was bad because of hunting season here in Pennsylvania, so next year we’ll look at changing the dates,” Kasiorek said.

The Leslie Colucci-Sparano Memorial Foundation was established by the Colucci family in February 2004 after the tragic death of their daughter Leslie Colucci-Sparano.   For the past 9 years Leslie’s family, along with the staff of Mercer County Behavioral Health Commission and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, have sponsored the Annual Leslie Colucci-Sparano Summerfest.  The Summerfest provides a fun summer outing for mentally and physically challenged individuals and their families with activities that include boating, fishing, carnival games, face painting, bingo, live music and a picnic lunch.

Leslie was a Supports Coordinator who worked at Mercer County Behavioral Health Commission.  It’s in Leslie’s spirit of life and giving that the family established her foundation with the hope of continuing where Leslie left off.

The 9th Annual Leslie Colucci-Sparano Summerfest is scheduled to be held at Shenango Dam in July 2012.

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