BRISTOL – Although the Bristol Tramps were unable to have their 50th reunion May 1 as planned due to the coronavirus outbreak, they instead postponed the event until Sept. 10 and used the anniversary as a chance to give back to those in need at St. Vincent DePaul shelter.
The Bristol Tramps hold an annual Sports Reunion which celebrates local athletes, coaches, teams and sports supporters. This year’s event was planned for Friday at the Aqua Turf Club. But, due to social distancing restrictions, they weren’t able to host the dinner they’d planned at the Aqua Turf Club for 300 guests. Instead, they decided to “step up to the plate” to provide that dinner for the needy at Bristol’s shelter.
Joseph Tavera, treasurer with the Bristol Tramps, acknowledged the Board of Directors of Pequabuck Golf Club of Bristol for supporting this charitable donation.
“When they heard what we were doing, they contributed pasta and five trays of meatballs and sausage to our already amazing menu on Friday,” said Tavera.
Tramps Executive Committee member Dan Valerio said it is what Tramps Founder Julie Larese would have done.
“During this pandemic, our members wanted contribute by making an impact on our community,” he said.
Larese, along with Ray Broderick, Dom Netti and John Duffy, established the committee 50 years ago to honor and preserve Bristol’s sports history. Since then, they have acknowledged 350 individuals, teams, coaches and sports organizations in Bristol.
Sean Moore, chair of The Bristol Tramps, said that this year’s dinner will be postponed to Thursday, Sept. 10.
“We look forward to celebrating the Golden Jubilee of our organization honoring another outstanding class of inductees and scholar athletes,” said Moore.
This year, the Tramps plan to recognize Bristol sports figures and organizations including Bob “Semo” Siemiatkoski, Pat Tomkil Johnson, Alison Willette, David Hernandez, the Bristol Adult Resource Center (BARC) Respite Program, Doug Jackson, Tom Shopay, Bryant Lishness and Bristol American Legion Baseball.
Additionally, this year, the Julie Larese and Frank Scalia Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Mackenzie Pina of Bristol Central High School. Leah Policarpio of Bristol Eastern High School was awarded the Julie Larese and Patricia D’Amato Memorial Scholarship and Jade Udoh of St. Paul Catholic High School received the Julie Larese and John E. Tavara Memorial Scholarship.
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