Reps. Pascrell and Doyle win annual bocce tournament

Reps. Bill PascrellWilliam (Bill) James PascrellMultiple N.J. homes for veterans see dozens of coronavirus-related deaths Washington Post fact-checks Kimmel on edited Pence video: 'Certainly a phony tale' NY, NJ lawmakers call for more aid to help fight coronavirus MORE (D-N.J.) and Mike DoyleMichael (Mike) F. DoyleFCC rejects petition to probe broadcasts of Trump coronavirus briefings Bottom Line Hillicon Valley: Trump turns up heat on Apple over gunman's phone | Mnuchin says Huawei won't be 'chess piece' in trade talks | Dems seek briefing on Iranian cyber threats | Buttigieg loses cyber chief MORE (D-Pa.) won the annual congressional bocce tournament hosted at law and lobbying firm Venable LLP on Wednesday evening.

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) sponsored the tournament, which began in 2012. The participants played bocce on the court on the roof of Venable's D.C. offices.

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Pascrell and Doyle beat Jon-Thomas Vitale, vice president of solutions at Complete Document Solutions LLC, and Jon Vitale, senior manager of enterprise solutions at Complete Document Solutions LLC, in the final round.

The tournament honors the late Mark Valente, former president of lobbying firm Valente & Associates. He died in August 2016.

Valente had been a board member of NIAF since 2012 and chairman of its public policy and government relations committee. He was an influential force behind the creation of the tournament, which is now officially called the NIAF Mark A. Valente III Memorial Congressional Bocce Ball Tournament. 

NIAF is a nonprofit that works as the voice of the Italian American community in D.C. and offers grants, scholarships and congressional fellowships.