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Lancaster County 8 Ball League Raises over $14,000.00 for CASA

JR Barron Steve Echternach Clinton Murray Regina Foltz and Bill Stratton Lancaster County 8 Ball League Raises over $14000.00 for CASA

LANCASTER, PA (April 3, 2014) - The Lancaster County 8 Ball League hosted its annual Jack Byerly - Harry Hutchinson Charity Tournament on February 28 through March 2, 2014 at Riverside Camping Association (730 E Strawberry St in Lancaster).

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Lancaster County was honored to be named the tournament charity partner for the fourth year in a row.

The tournament attracted local and out of town talent which provided an opportunity to see some exciting pool. With a field of nearly 130 players throughout the tournament, the Lancaster County 8 Ball League continues to grow the competition.

The tournament kicked off Thursday night with a field of 32 players, followed by the women’s tournament that featured 23 competitors and finally the main tournament throughout the weekend beginning with 74 players finally narrowing to one. The overall tournament winner was Richard Nace, Jr. of Halifax, PA.

Lancaster County 8 Ball League members encouraged local businesses to get involved by sponsoring a table at the event or assembling a variety of raffle items – from gift baskets and local destination packages to high end televisions. Community members got involved as well – tournament winners donated some of the winnings, one donated a pool cue for auction, and others contributed cash.

Proceeds from the event exceeded $14,000.00 and were donated to CASA of Lancaster County.

Jessica Laspino, CASA Executive Director, stated, "We are thrilled at the generosity and support of the Lancaster County 8 Ball League. From our perspective, it is an incredibly selfless act for this league to come together and put in countless hours to benefit CASA and the children we serve. How many other groups work so hard? The CASA program will be directly impacted by these proceeds allowing us to grow the program and serve more children.”

Mr. Clinton Murray, Treasurer of the Lancaster County 8 Ball League, added, "We are happy to be able to help the kids and CASA any way possible. I never thought I would have an opportunity to help our community in this way and it is truly rewarding.”

CASA exists to provide a qualified and compassionate court-appointed volunteer advocate to every Lancaster County child who is abused and neglected, to ensure the fundamental human right of having a safe, nurturing, and permanent home is met.

CASA volunteers believe that every child deserves to grow up in a home free of abuse and neglect, and that growing up in a safe home is a fundamental human right. CASA volunteers fight for that right, they lift up children's voices, they lift up children's lives with the belief that every child deserves a safe, nurturing, and permanent home.

CASA hosts monthly engagement sessions for the public to learn more about the organization. For more information, call (717)208-3280 or email

Photo Caption: Lancaster County 8 Ball League's JR Barron (on L) and Clinton "Tiny" Murray (third from R) host three of CASA's Board of Directors (L to R) Steve Echternacht, Regina Foltz, and Bill Stratton at the Jack Byerly - Harry Hutchinson Charity Tournament. The tournament proceeds exceeded $14,000.00 and were donated to Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Lancaster County.

Photo courtesy of Dave Cornman, Cornman Communications, LLC.

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