8 Ball Championship Pool Tournament To Benefit American Cancer Society

By Nikki Garrett Metzger

Managing Editor

(Apple Valley)- – Cancer has touched so many lives, and there are two groups in the High Desert that are pulling together to help fight this disease.  Relay for Life Team Pole Position for a Cure out of Hesperia, and Team Believe It from Apple Valley, are teaming up to hold the Cues for a Cure Eight Ball Championship to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.

For the past two years their teams have raised over $14,000.00 to benefit the ACS. This year alone they have upped the ante and they are challenging themselves to raise $15,000.00.

John and Angie Miller who are the committee chairs for the Relay for Life Event in Apple Valley worked together with Julie Renfrow who heads up the Pole Position for a Cure Team to make the tournament happen.  John explained where the idea came from, “We came up with this event primarily because my son plays a lot of pool and I play competitive pool here in the High Desert. Every Friday I would run pool tournaments at local restaurants and invite some of the best pool players in the High Desert to come play so that my son would have a chance to play against them. I realized that there was no championship. My son and I talked about it and we decided that it would be a great idea if there was a pool championship here, and if we did it as a fundraiser, it’d be even better.”

The Millers then worked with Renfrow and one of her team members, Mary Jane Clemmons who owns Leisure Time Family Fun, and they will kick off the eight ball tournament starting tonight in Hesperia.

“Cues for a Cure tournament is a 7 week tournament to determine the Best 8-Ball Pool Player in the High Desert,” said Renfrow. “The winner each week receives a pool cue that’s been donated, and also advances to a championship game. The winner of the championship receives a Lucasi Custom Cue and engraved cue case.”

“We’ve had a lot of vendors in the pool industry donate items for an opportunity drawing on each one of the tournaments nights,” Renfrow continued. “One of the vendors donated a pool table for the grand prize opportunity drawing. All of the money raised through the drawings goes to the America Cancer Society.”

Registration takes place at Leisure Time Family Fun. Entry fee is $20 which all goes to ACS. The tournament alternates between Gator’s in Hesperia and Angel’s Roadhouse in Apple Valley.  Visit the Cues 4 a Cure website at www.cues4acure.com for all of the information.

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