The Walla Walla Pétanque Club held a charity tournament on June 1 at Tertulia Winery, 1564 Whiteley Road, to support the Blue Mountain Action Council food bank. The club donated 83 pounds of nonperishable food items and raised $1,402 that went directly to the food bank, said Catherine Schiaffo, club secretary.
Tournament participants, ranging from beginners to club members, played two or three games and participated in optional “point and shoot” contests.
Tournament winners were Tracy Parmer with BMAC, Kathy Raber and new club member Sarah Schroeder. Larry Widner won the point contest and club president Ryan Raber won the shoot contest.
Victors received donated bottles of local wines.
Attendees enjoyed a charcuterie platter donated by Walla Walla Steak Company and fried chicken donated by local chef Chas Latiolais.
Club members provided accompanying fruit bowls, hummus and veggies, olives and assorted salads.
Wineries and individuals donated tournament prizes and opportunity drawings.
From the French, pétanque translates to “feet fixed or planted on the ground.” Players stand with both feet in a plastic circle while throwing a hollow metal boule (ball) as close as possible to a small wooden target ball called a cochonnet. The game is similar to Italian bocce in that regard.
Walla Walla Pétanque Club formed in 2006 and has adult and junior members. It is the only pétanque club east of the Cascades in Washington, and is among the largest in the state. The club generally plays on Sundays at the terrains the club built at Tertulia, starting at 11 a.m. during the hot season and at 1 p.m. when it’s cool.
The club maintains a Facebook page at facebook.com/WallaWallaPetanqueClub/ and interested parties may look there for the current start time or change in play location and for upcoming tournaments.
BMAC’s food bank is a regional distribution center for five local food pantries in Walla Walla County and pantries in Columbia, Asotin and Garfield counties, Catherine said.
More than 4,000 meals are distributed daily. One in six people will visit a food pantry this year. Sixty-seven percent of those served are children and seniors. Because of its buying power, every dollar donated is turned into $6 in food assistance.