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2005 Tournament Misc

Invitation Letter

Dear Family and Friends,

A very special four-year-old in our lives, Drew Pelletrino, was recently diagnosed with leukemia, a malignant cancer of the bone marrow and blood. Drew's grandfather, Dick Drew, is the controller of our family's business. We were all deeply affected by the heartbreaking news that Drew had leukemia, and we all felt that we wanted to do something. Combining our love of getting our family and friends together and a desire to help, we decided to host the first annual Martignetti Family Charity Bocce Tournament.

Proceeds from this year's tournament will benefit the Jimmy Fund in Drew's name. The Jimmy Fund supports the fight against cancer at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where Drew is currently being treated. Since 1948, the Jimmy Fund has helped save countless lives by furthering cancer research and care at Dana-Farber.

So please consider joining us on October 9 for some fun bocce action. We'll have lots of fun while we support a great cause. Your invitation is attached.

The Martignetti Family

Our goal is to raise $20,000. To that end, we are pleased to announce that Martignetti Enterprises, Inc. has pledged $5,000!

Press Release
Martignetti Family teams up with Joy of Bocce author to raise funds for cancer research in an (un)traditional way

WOBURN, MA When four-year old Drew Pelletrino of Beverly was diagnosed with leukemia, the news saddened the Martignetti Family (MEDFORD, MALDEN, TOPSFIELD, WILMINGTON, MA) in a very profound way. Drew’s grandfather, Dick Drew, also of Beverly, is the controller of the Martignetti Enterprises, Inc., the family’s masonry, hardscape and landscape business with locations in Woburn and Amesbury. Drew had become a very special member of their extended family.

Drew’s illness became the major topic of discussion at one of the Martignetti’s family meetings. The question was “What can we do to help”? Their brainstorms led them to a Bocce: a very traditional Italian game, which they as a family have enjoyed for decades. The result was the 1st Annual Martignetti Family Charity Bocce Tournament, proceeds going directly to cancer research in honor of Drew.

The bocce tournament was untraditional, according to Mario Pagnoni of Methuen, the Tournament’s honorary chair. “I believe this was the first charity bocce tournament in New England history,” stated Pagnoni, author of the Joy of Bocce, touted by Newsweek as “the definitive guide to the sport.” The Martignetti family took a traditional Italian pastime and turned it into a very fun, lively, engaging fundraiser. The highlight of the event was watching Drew play bocce with the children, and ultimately receiving a trophy for his courage and bravery in the face of illness.

The tournament was held Sunday, October 9, 2005 at the SportsZone in Derry, NH. Medallions were awarded to the top three teams and the championship team will have their names inscribed on the Martignetti Cup. Members of the Ken Waldie Senior Sports Circuit, Inc. of Methuen served as referees and scorekeepers. Players and guests were treated to a delicious Italian food buffet prepared by Sabatino’s Restaurant from Boston’s North End.

The proceeds from the event exceeded $22,000 and were raised from a combination of players’ fees, donations, tournament sponsorships, raffles, a 50/50 drawing and a closest-to-the-pin contest. The proceeds will be donated in honor of Drew to the Jimmy Fund, which supports the fight against cancer at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where Drew is currently being treated. Since 1948, the Jimmy Fund has helped save countless lives by furthering cancer research and care at Dana-Farber.

Pictures from the event can be found on Pagnoni’s website at The Martignetti Family is already making plans for next year’s tournament. Details will be posted on the Joy of Bocce website once finalized.

Letter to the Jimmy Fund

On behalf of the Martignetti, Drew and Pelletrino Families, I am very pleased to enclose a check in the amount of $22,000. This modest donation represents the proceeds from our bocce tournament held on Sunday, October 9, 2005. The event was held in honor of Drew Pelletrino, a very dear and special four-year old boy in our lives who is a leukemia patient of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Our heartfelt gratitude to you, the Jimmy Fund and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute for all that you do to support cancer patients and their families. Our prayers and best wishes are with you as you continue your sacred work of saving lives, finding cures, and helping to improve the quality of life for so many children and families in New England and around the world.

Finally, I wish to thank you for the very kind voice mail you left me a while back. I played it for my family and others involved in the planning of the event and we all felt very touched and encouraged by your words of support.