Pool tournament raises 600,000 baht for Father Ray Foundation

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Sports fans and politicians helped get the Father Ray Foundation from behind the eight ball by raising 600,000 baht in a charity pool tournament.

Banthit Siritanyong, president of the Pattaya Entertainment Business Club, hosted the July 2 tournament at the Regent Pool and Sport Bar attended by top executives from the charity foundation, current and former politicians, community leaders and billiards fans.

Money raised through the tournament will be used for scholarships for the 850 kids under the care of the Father Ray Foundation.

(Center, L to R) 1st thru 4th place - Jeerawut Buatong, Manop Donrat, Gabriel Burns and Banthit Siritanyong.(Center, L to R) 1st thru 4th place – Jeerawut Buatong, Manop Donrat, Gabriel Burns and Banthit Siritanyong.

The final match was a duel between Jeerawut Buatong and Manop Donrat who traded shots to keep the score close, won only in the final shots by Jeerawut five games to two. Former Culture Minister Sonthaya Kunplome awarded him the championship trophy.

Manop got a cup and cue stick from Pattaya Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome while Gabriel Burns finished third, receiving his trophy from former MP Poramet Ngampichet. Bandit finished fourth, getting his cup from Banglamung District Chief Sakchai Taengho.

In all, 64 players took part in the one day tournament.

In all, 64 players took part in the one day tournament.In all, 64 players took part in the one day tournament.

Banthit Siritanyong, president of the Pattaya Entertainment Business Club, presided over the tournament.Banthit Siritanyong, president of the Pattaya Entertainment Business Club, presided over the tournament.