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Ping pong play helps Bald Ridge Lodge
Next tournament at restaurant in March
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Mark McCorkle, left, and Trevor Hurd play ping pong before the start of a recent tournament at Norman’s Landing. McCorkle came in second in the singles tournament Oct. 19. - photo by Autumn McBride

The owner of a local eatery said a recent charity event raised more than $1,000 for boys in need.

Bill Norman, owner of Norman’s Landing on Peachtree Pkwy., said the restaurant’s semi-annual table tennis tournament Oct. 19-20 raised $1,250 for the Bald Ridge Lodge.

The facility is a nonprofit organization providing temporary housing for boys ages 12-17.

Norman said he chose the charity because of the great work organizers do for local youth.

Some 52 ping pong players took part in the tournament, Norman said. He was among them.

“But I got beat in the first round,” he said.

Win or lose, he said everyone “had a hoot” at the event.

“We had a great turnout and it’s always a lot of fun,” he said.

Winner of single play, which took place Oct. 19, was Christian Gibbs.

Gibbs also won doubles play along with Nick Christte the following night.

The next ping pong tournament will be held at the restaurant in March, Norman said.