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Raymond Angulo Memorial tournament benefits children with special needs

Thursday, 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.”

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Tournament of Hope benefits fight against cancer

Thursday, April 5th, 2012


The Los Favoritos Tournament of Hope men’s fastpitch softball tournament offers plenty of spirited competition and high quality of play among 10 selected Southern California teams.
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COLTON, CA – Men’s fastpitch softball tournaments are held for many reasons, fun and competition and camaraderie heading the list. And that’s certainly what Frank “Lucky” Mena and his wife Irene intend for their invitational tournament on the weekend of May 5th that coincides with Cinco de Mayo.

But the couple has a more altruistic reason for hosting their 10-team tournament. They want to do their part in the fight against cancer. And for them it has a very personal meaning.

They lost their son Mark

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