Annual International Meatball Festival in Cathedral City

Late Monty Hall remembered at event

CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. - The second annual International Meatball Festival took place in Cathedral City Sunday afternoon.

The event, put on by Sammy's Place' Restaurant, aimed to raise roughly $30-thousand dollars for the city's Boys and Girls Club. The organization was close to heart of the late television host Monty Hall, who owned a home in Cathedral City and died Saturday at the age of 96.

"Monty Hall was very instrumental in helping us start out," said Becky Moreno, the executive director of Variety Children's Charity of the Desert. "Very philanthropic. He had a story and he really appreciated giving back and understood what it meant for the kids. So, it's been really great for us to have that association with him."

More than 30 contestants entered the meatball competition in three different categories.

"Everybody's here- the city, the fire department, professionals, amateurs," said organizer Sam Pace. "We're raising money for the kids and that's what's important."

Pace said he hopes to raise $100,000 in future years. With live music, wine and spirits and a kids zone, the event included a little something for everyone. 

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