Raymond Angulo Memorial tournament benefits children with special needs

Written by Bob on September 8th, 2016
The 16th Annual Raymond Angulo Memorial Men's Fastpitch Tournament and JoJo's Circle of Friends, held a tournament and fundraiser, Sept. 3-4, at Promenade Park in Corona to raise funds for children with special needs. Photo By BOB OTTO

The 16th Annual Raymond Angulo Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament and JoJo’s Circle of Friends, held a tournament and fundraiser, Sept. 3-4, at Promenade Park in Corona to raise funds for children with special needs. Photo By BOB OTTO

CORONA, Calif. – Nine teams came to battle for a fastpitch championship, but the real winners were JoJo and his many friends.

For 16 years, the Raymond Angulo Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament has raised money for JoJo’s Circle of Friends, a non-profit organization that helps children with special needs.

The organization was originally established to support Joseph (JoJo) Angulo, born with cerebral Palsy, and who is the grandson of the late Raymond Angulo, who passed away in 2000.

But now many more children with special needs benefit as well.

“At first we started raising funds for JoJo’s needs,” said Ernie Marez, Raymond Angulo’s son-in-law and the tournament director. “But now funds are raised for special needs children where JoJo attends school and other special needs children and their families in need of special equipment.”

During the Labor Day weekend tournament, raffles, prizes, and sales from food booths, and other activities raised much needed funds for the organization’s future events. One of the events will be a prom for Hemet Unified School District special needs children hosted by JoJo’s Circle of Friends at Tahquitz High School in 2017.

“Raymond’s wife, Antonia and his son Joe Angulo feel blessed and grateful that his memory lives on in the tournament and fundraiser that helps these special needs children,” Marez said. “The turnout was great with assistance from Major League Softball (MLS), along with the great weather and the cooperation of the City of Corona.”

On the softball diamond, Patricia’s Mexican Restaurant of Long Beach edged the Beaumont Coyotes, 1-0, to claim the championship. But the real winners were JoJo and his many friends.

To learn more about the organization, visit: Facebook / JoJos Circle of Friends, or call Joe Angulo at 951-313-1568.

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