Reps. Pascrell and Doyle win annual bocce tournament

Reps. Bill PascrellWilliam (Bill) James PascrellDemocrats, GOP spar over Treasury rules on Trump tax law On The Money: Economy adds 225K jobs in January, topping expectations | Appeals court tosses Dems' lawsuit over emoluments | Democrats decide against bringing back earmarks Democrat hits Mnuchin for giving Hunter Biden docs to Republicans MORE (D-N.J.) and Mike DoyleMichael (Mike) F. DoyleBottom 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 House Democrats request briefings on Iranian cyber threats from DHS, FCC 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.