Reps. Pascrell and Doyle win annual bocce tournament

Reps. Bill PascrellWilliam (Bill) James PascrellHouse panel to hold hearings on SALT deduction cap House panel to hold hearings on SALT deduction cap First major 'Medicare for All' hearing sharpens attacks on both sides MORE (D-N.J.) and Mike DoyleMichael (Mike) F. DoyleHouse Democrats seek bipartisan working group on net neutrality Hillicon Valley: Trump takes flak for not joining anti-extremism pact | Phone carriers largely end sharing of location data | Huawei pushes back on ban | Florida lawmakers demand to learn counties hacked by Russians | Feds bust 0M cybercrime group Phone carriers tell feds they have mostly stopped sharing location data 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.