Team Limit Increased for 2017 Bocce Tournament


The Pat O’Brien Chevrolet Cleveland Challenge Cup of Bocce is going to 104 teams for 2017!

This change will come with some added guidelines:
1) ALL teams will need to arrive, ready to play their scheduled game :45 minutes prior to scheduled start time. This has been our biggest issue the past couple of years and has prevented us from expanding. If your court is called and you are NOT compliant with this rule, there will be consequences.

2) The following start times: Friday (6:00pm); Saturday (8:00am); and Sunday (9:15am), if your team is not here and checked in 30 minutes prior to scheduled time, AND ready to play, we will start the :15 minute clock and a forfeit will occur.

3) We will be sending periodic updates via social media regarding how far ahead or behind we are. We recommend you follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or other types of social media. All that detailed information will be available at the check-in desk and your team gift bag will also have information on staying connected.

This is a HUGE step for us and it is only successful if everyone cooperates. Keeping the games flowing is our job, showing up to play on time is yours….

Thanks and we hope everyone has a safe trip to our venue…See you at the Tournament!

2017 CCCoB Tournament Committee

Internationally Ranked Crooner to Perform at Opening Bocce Tournament Ceremonies

The Wickliffe Italian American Cub is proud to introduce Giovanni Castiglione to the participants of the 34th Annual Pat O’Brien Cleveland Challenge Cup of Bocce as he opens our festivities at 5:30 PM on Friday, August 25th. Giovanni “Gio” Castiglione, 15, of Solon, Ohio will return for the fifth consecutive year to sing the Canadian, Italian and U.S. anthems. Giovanni has been singing the anthems at a variety of sporting and civic events throughout the area since he was 10.

Since first singing for us in 2012, Giovanni has launched a vocal career as a soloist, a member of a professional a cappella quartet, a world-ranked barbershop chorus (Men of Independence) and the Contemporary Youth Orchestra Chorus. He also performed at Carnegie Hall this past May as the youngest member of the Hudson Festival Choir, performing the classical Faure Requiem. He is also a member of the Solon High School Madrigals (an elite a cappella group) and the internationally-ranked show choir, “Music In Motion”.

Giovanni is also a film and theater talent, having appeared in five feature films and 21 live theater performances, to date. You can learn more about him on his website:

Above all, Gio, the youngest son of Dennis and Suzi Castiglione, has a proud passion for his Italian heritage. According to his parents, Gio always looks forward to performing for his dear friends at the Wickliffe Italian American Club.


by Randy Continenza

Tony Continenza Celebrating 40 Years Serving the Wickliffe Community

Community service and civic involvement are important aspects of the Wickliffe Italian-American Club.  In 1977, club member and Pat O’Brien Cleveland Challenge Cup of Bocce Operations Officer, Tony Continenza joined forces with Mike Rajko to open Lincoln Shell in Wickliffe. Mike was already a veteran having started in the business in 1969 and owning two stations before moving to Wickliffe and joining with Tony (along with his brother Rick Continenza and business partner John Orsulic) to open Lincoln Shell. In 1992 Tony and Mike made the transition from Shell to Sunoco, added a car wash, and then expanded again adding a full convenience store to the operation in order to better serve the needs of their customers.  They have been in Wickliffe serving customers for four decades.

Wickliffe I&A Now Accepting Bathroom Renovation Bids *Update*

*UPDATE 7-27-17*
The Wickliffe Italian-American Club is seeking proposals for renovations to be made to the restrooms in our large hall (party center).  Work would be slated to begin January, 2018 and be completed before June, 2018.
The bid specs, permit drawings, and sample finishes are attached.
The bid form states that bids were due, 7/25, but we have extended the bid deadline to 8/15.  Bids should be sent in a sealed envelope to the PO Box listed on the bid form below.  This is to protect your bid.  However, if an email bid is required due to timing, please notify me and I will accommodate you.
The current plan is that our board will open the bids after 8/15, go through a clarification process to ensure apples-to-apples comparisons, and then award on 8/30.
Please do not hesitate to contact me via email or cell phone to discuss the scope.
Thanks in advance for your consideration!
Charles Albertone
Vice President, Wickliffe Italian-American Club


Bathroom Renovation Bid Form


The Club once again hosted the Area 12 / Special Olympics Bocce Tournament on Saturday, May 7th.   Over 70 contestants from the northeast Ohio area participated in the games, as buses from Lorain Murray Ridge, Lake Deepwood, and Cleveland Hts./University Hts. facilities brought the players to the Club around 8:30 a.m. on a cold, rainy day.  Fortunately, our covered bocce courts and pavilion allowed the games to proceed.

Over 20 Club volunteers helped to keep the games run smoothly, serving as both coaches and referees, while several members helped to prepare and serve food to the players and their families and supporters.  Special thanks to club member Harvey Contenza for helping to organize the event.

Also, congratulations to Melissa Coad, this year’s winner of the Pat Bristo/Henry Liberatore Sportsmanship Award, named after the two club members who were instrumental in bringing this event to the Wickliffe Italian-American Club.