All for Bocce!

Carmichael, CA (MPG)  |  By Sharon Ruffner
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Shirley Simi. Photo by Terry O’Sullivan

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Shirley Simi, a resident of Carmichael for over 50 years and member of the Italian Cultural Society dreamed of Bocce Ball Courts in Carmichael Park. When the Carmichael Parks Foundation began fundraising for the effort, Shirley donated generously to the cause.

Sadly, she passed away in March of 2018 before she could see the courts become a reality. The Shirley Simi Memorial Bocce Fund was established as a tribute to her Italian Heritage and her love for Carmichael.

Shirley’s children Todd Pennington and Teri O’Sullivan are holding a fundraiser on July 14th at the Italian Cultural Society. Guests can learn all about Bocce while being treated to Italian culinary delights, live music by local band Vintage Fare, and a silent auction.

Tickets are $50 and the event is limited to only 150 guests.

Help make Bocce Ball Courts a reality in Carmichael and purchase tickets or donate now at