Albemarle Area United Way hosting 5th annual Bocce, Beer & Bites this Saturday

Albemarle Area United Way hosting 5th annual Bocce, Beer & Bites this Saturday

Albemarle Area United Way will gather at Waterfront Park once again this Saturday, April 29th for its 5th annual Bocce, Beer & Bites event.

The event will begin at 11:00 a.m. and will be held RAIN or SHINE.  This popular event typically attracts 350 attendees and has expanded to 48 teams competing in the double elimination bocce tournament consisting of 4-person teams. Teams such as Chewbocce will compete against the likes of Paws & Claws or Bocce S’mores and many more.

Each team member as well as spectators who purchase a $30 ticket receives two craft beers, a full BBQ plate and a Kona shave ice. Meal-only tickets can be purchased at $20 each, or a family 4-pack can be purchased for the discounted rate of $70. Complimentary bottles of water and assorted can sodas are available to all throughout the event.

“We’re excited to expand this very popular community fundraising event. Each year we’ve seen an increase in participation and sponsorships,” said Bill Blake, Executive Director. “Bocce is easily played by all ages and skill levels as evidenced by the fact that we’ve had four different winning teams in the past competition. Last year our 40-team brackets sold out and had folks anxious to play, hence the expansion to 48 teams for 2023.” Blake added.

Attendees will be entertained by DJ Taz 2 while enjoying good food and beverages. Be sure to bring your ID and you’re welcome to bring lawn chairs although bleachers and picnic tables will be on-site. Folks will have a chance to win the 50/50 raffle and we’ve added kettle corn and girl scout cookies to the options of goodies for anyone interested.

If you want to join the fun to support your local United Way, you can visit the website at to purchase individual tickets or contact Alexandra Lekki at 252-333-1510.