Reps. Pascrell and Doyle win annual bocce tournament

Reps. Bill PascrellWilliam (Bill) James PascrellLawmakers, social media users praise photo of Pelosi confronting Trump Lawmakers focus their ire on NBA, not China Hillary Clinton swipes at NBA over Hong Kong controversy MORE (D-N.J.) and Mike DoyleMichael (Mike) F. DoyleHillicon Valley: Google, Reddit to testify on tech industry protections | Trump joins Amazon-owned Twitch | House to vote on bill to combat foreign interference Reddit, Google to testify before House panel on tech's legal protections Consequential GOP class of 1994 all but disappears 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.