Wednesday, August 7, 2002
Cristy Barsky of Hood River Billiards racked up plenty of support last week for a new mammography machine at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital by taking $5 chess and billiards challenges at the County Fair.
Barsky raised $152.50 (50 percent of total) for the new equipment after taking on 57 challengers in 8- and 9-ball, and four chess challengers over four days. She won 47 of the pool challenges and went undefeated in chess.
“The turnout was pretty up and down,” said Barsky, the 1997 VNEA International 9-Ball Champion. “But we had a lot of people stop by to support the cause. It was fun.”
Each challenger was issued a raffle ticket for a chance to win a Viper pool cue, valued at $120. Anyone able to beat Barsky earned another raffle ticket. Michael Shear of Hood River (shown above right) was the lucky winner.
Hood River Billiards is located in the old Antique Mall on East Cascade. Barsky is a licensed dealer of C.L. Bailey pool tables, which is one of the most trusted, time-honored names in the business.
She also sells cues, offers lessons and repairs/re-cloths tables. Hours are Friday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 541-490-3124 with questions.
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