Reps. Pascrell and Doyle win annual bocce tournament

Reps. Bill PascrellWilliam (Bill) James PascrellBottom Line Democrats denounce Trump's attack on Cummings: 'These are not the words of a patriot' Two Democrats vow to press forward on Trump impeachment MORE (D-N.J.) and Mike DoyleMichael (Mike) F. DoyleHere are the 95 Democrats who voted to support impeachment House panel advances anti-robocall bill House Democrats seek bipartisan working group on net neutrality 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.