Shoreline Billiards in Mountain View, Calif., kicked off the 2009 holiday season in style on Dec. 5, by hosting the 1st Annual South Bay APA Holiday Party.  The bash wasn’t just a celebration; it also raised money for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation and the Second Harvest Food Bank.

League Operator Doug Coleman organized two Scotch Doubles tournaments—one with a maximum skill level of 8, the other with a maximum skill level of 13—allowing members of all playing abilities to compete.  The tournaments used a round robin format, with the winner of each group advancing to a single elimination bracket.  The skill level 8 Tier had 16 teams competing, with Jason Alvarado and Mary Nguyen taking 1st Place.  Errol Modine and Amy Williams won the skill level 13 Tier, which had 28 teams battling for top honors.

Members who weren’t able to compete in one of the tournaments could contribute to the cause in other ways.  “We also ran silent auctions on various pool memorabilia and gift certificates to local restaurants,” Coleman said.  “Along with the silent auctions we ran a game of craps pool.  Players would roll dice to determine where balls would be placed on the table and then they’d have to run out to earn points.  The number of balls the player had to run was dependent upon their skill level, so the lower skill level players only had to make two or three balls.”

$1,700 was raised for the two charities. Coleman believes this year’s South Bay APA Holiday Party will be even more successful.

For more information about the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation please visit toysfortots.org, and for more about the Second Harvest Food Bank visit shfb.org.

For more information about the South Bay APA go to southbayapa.com.

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