High Fives Foundation tournament rocks the bocce | SierraSun.com

High Fives Foundation tournament rocks the bocce

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — The High Fives Non-Profit Foundation hosted its 5th Annual Bocce Tournament, presented by Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows, GoPro and the Truckee River Winery on Sunday, Sept. 15.

A brilliant, sunny day set the scene as 40 teams of two took to the manicured bocce courts to compete for incredible prizes and bragging rights.

With music from the Silver Boombox Thief, catered lunch from Farm to Belly (for all competitors), sustainable sushi from the Mamasake Squaw Food Truck and the talented voice of local announcer guru John Haines, the 5th Annual Bocce Tournament was a spectacular day.

For the fifth year in a row, the defending champions failed to repeat and defend their title. The 4th Annual Tournament winners, Team Gimme Five Minutes (Adam Mahoney and Steve Wallace) were no exception. “It’s tough to match the amazing quality of play each year,” said Mahoney. “We are happy; we came out and had a blast with everyone in support of the High Fives Foundation and the great work they do to support winter athletes!”

The 80 competitors and crowd of onlookers supported the High Fives Foundation through tournament entry fees, donations, an impressive silent auction, along with proceeds from the sale of Coors Light and Ninkasi beer, served by the friendly staff at the Truckee River Winery. Through this generosity, the purchase of rehabilitative and adaptive equipment, as well as funding for alternative healing and therapies, is possible as the Foundation continues to grow its reach on a national scope.

Paul “Pablo” Karls (of First Place Team Pablo’s Gallery & Frame Shop) said, “The 5th Annual High Fives Bocce Tournament was awesome! We had a spectacular day enjoying everything that the Foundation brings to their events while supporting their fundraising efforts. Look for (Mark) and I around Tahoe wearing our custom (First Place) sport coats and getting ready to defend our title next year!”

In September, the High Fives Foundation’s Board of Directors Grant Selection Committee approved grants for 12 athletes totaling $44,398.08. Six athletes have previously been awarded grants, while six new athletes have been welcomed in the family.


First Place Team: Pablo’s Gallery & Frame Shop (Paul “Pablo” Karls and Mark Seppi)

Second Place Team: Cuddle Buddies (KC Wry and Keith Diesner)

Third Place Team: Bacon (Liz and Colin Robinson)

Best Dressed: Aaron Wilson

Last Place (While Having the Most Fun): Truckee Love (Ashley Nachand and Cari MacPhail)


High Fives Foundation is a Tahoe-based, national 501.c.3 nonprofit organization dedicated to raising money and awareness for athletes who have suffered a life-altering injury while pursuing their dream in the winter action sports community.

Formed as a way to “pay-it-forward” by the founder from his own recovery to help injured athletes, the Foundation has helped 49 athletes to date since its inception in 2009. For more information visit http://www.highfivesfoundation.org.


Established 23 years ago, the Truckee River Winery sources quality grapes, brings the fruit to Truckee, takes advantage of the high elevation and cold temperatures to naturally cool the fermentation and slow the barrel aging process.

As the highest and coldest winery, TRW’s focus is to produce hand-crafted wines with great structure and finesse. The winery currently serves eight varietals; including two award-winning Santa Lucia Highland Pinot Noirs.

The property boasts four bocce courts, two horseshoe pits, lots of lawn area, picnic tables and barbecues for customers. Open daily 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Call 530-587-4626 or visit http://www.truckeeriverwinery.com.

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