2021 Cornhole Tournament

We had started the year planning for the 6th Annual Kickball Tournament. Covid concerns caused us to contemplate other options. We knew we wanted to get people together and have fun and were less concerned about the activity. We are so thankful that CJ Hendricks suggested a cornhole tournament and offered to help organize the brackets and standings. What we love about cornhole is anyone can do it – age and athletic ability have nothing to do with your competitiveness.

Sunday September 19th was a gorgeous day at Rowland Park and we could not have asked for a more amazing group of people to attend Ray and Bacchus’s Cornhole Tournament. Sunshine, music, laughs and beanbags were in the air – what more could we ask for! Ray enjoyed seeing people doing happy dances when they cornholed; he also enjoyed seeing people throw beanbags astray and laugh at themselves. All in good fun.
The rounds went quickly and people were smiling. Some were even dancing to the music Andrew Bor was playing. It was great to chat with people. After a year plus of Covid restrictions, we, Ray especially, enjoyed spending the day outside and with people. We want to thank everyone who participated, donated and/or was a sponsor!!

Board & Brush

We are so thankful that Mike and Glori Callagy, owners of Board & Brush in South Brunswick, wanted to support our fundraising efforts for Bacchus’s service dog training. They opened the doors on Wednesday October 16th for a Pick Your Project Night to benefit Ray and Bacchus.

It was a sold out night thanks to friends and word of mouth. We are thankful so many people wanted to be part of this event. Board & Brush is such a great place!! The sign Matt and I made there is hanging in our family room. It was great to have a chance to watch people make their signs and chat with as many people as possible.

It was the night before Ray’s 11th birthday, so we wanted to celebrate that milestone. We surprised Ray with a birthday cake. He loved everyone singing “Happy Birthday” to him!

Thank you so much to everyone who helped make this night a success – people who came and businesses that donated!!! Pizza was provided by Osteria Procaccini. Wine was provided by Valenzano Winery and some other places. Chocolate covered pretzels was provided by David Bradley Chocolatier. Ray’s birthday cake was provided by Palermo’s Bakery.

5th Annual Kickball Tournament

Earlier this year, Ray was gifted a bernedoodle (mix of a Bernese Mountain Dog and Poodle) from Highfalutin Furry Babies in Florida to train as his service dog. Ray is thrilled and Bacchus is doing great and growing big and strong. This year’s kickball tournament proceeds will be used for his training.

As such, the event shirt, plaques and flyers were designed with a drawing of Ray and Bacchus. When we shared the story, people were very touched and excited for Ray to have a service dog, especially one as cute as Bacchus!!!

We received a lot of support from sponsors who wanted to be involved. We are extremely grateful to our sponsors!!! Then, we started to reach out for teams to play in the tournament. There was a lot of excitement and we know how difficult it is to organize a team. We were so touched when The Marisa Tufaro Foundation sponsored six South Brunswick High School sports teams, so they could play. In total, we had 14 teams come out on a gorgeous September Sunday. Wow!!

To entertain the players, Andrew Bor from Rock It Entertainment played music and kept things moving. We are so thankful for Andrew volunteering to help! The music was a really nice addition and added a new element to the event.

We had some old and some new teams make it to the playoffs. The South Brunswick Police Department successfully defended their title. Ray was on hand to congratulate them and give them their championship plaques. What a tournament! We hope 2020 is just as great!!

Thank you to everyone who made this a special event!!!!

RayJam 2

Ray had a blast at RayJam 2! He held the rope and spun in circles pretending to be swinging from it. Other friends that came had fun too! Thank you for everyone who came and supported Ray!!!

4th Annual Kickball Tournament

The 4th annual kickball tournament was the best yet!!! This year, Ray worked with some shirt designers to create a shirt for the kickball tournament and he insisted on his headshot being on the shirt! We sold sponsorships for the shirt and the shirt looked great. If you would like to buy one, here is the link: http://www.rayfantel.com/product/kickball-t-shirts/

There were 8 teams competing on a lovely Fall day! We had several returning teams and a few news ones. We were excited to see some familiar faces. Ray was thrilled to get the attention!

We cheered on all the teams, but some were special – some were funny and some were very spirited. We had fun watching all the games. In the end, the South Brunswick Police Department came from behind to tie the game in the sixth inning and forced the championship game into extra innings. They won it in 7 innings!! They are now back-to-back champions!!! Congratulations!!

3rd Annual Kickball Tournament

This year, Ray enjoyed seeing some captains play rock-paper-scissors to see who would be in the field first. We were thrilled to see many of the teams from previous years as well as some new ones. Ray is fascinated by the relaxed atmosphere when people are not playing versus how intense some players get when they are playing. Some of his comments were priceless!!

The championship game was between last year’s champions and a new team, South Brunswick Police Department. It was a classic!! It came down to the last inning and a new champion was crowned, or should I say plaqued. We cannot wait for the 4th Annual in 2018!


Wow!! Ray Jam sure was a lot of fun for Ray to see. It was great watching kids and adults try the obstacle, especially the warped wall. We hope everyone who came out had fun. You all looked sweaty!! Thanks for attending this fun fundraiser and a special thank you to Jeff Schneider for organizing it!!

Kickball Tournament 2016

On Saturday, August 6th, we hoped for a clear day without rain for Ray’s 2nd Kickball Tournament. Boy, was is it a hot and humid day! We welcomed back most of the teams from last year’s event and a few news ones, which was great. Everyone had a good time for a good cause. Ray loved watching the games. Ethan loved the competitive teams! It was great to see everyone having lunch together. I want to thank Quick Check Kendall Park, Coke, Antonio’s Pizzeria and Restaurant, Pierre’s of South Brunswick, Jersey Mike’s Subs, and Tastee Subs for the food and drink donations. In the end, there was one undefeated team and they were the champions. Ray congratulated every team member and handed each one a champion’s plaque, thanks to Crown Trophy Mercerville for donating the plaques. We want to thank everyone who came out and made this day a lot of fun! It was a success!!!