Polar Volleyball Tournament serves up a taste of summer

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Volleyball in winter? No problem say these brave souls who turned out at Mustang's Bar and Grill in South Beloit for the first Polar Volleyball Tournament. The event raised funds for the Dutter House and the Homeless Veterans' Transitional Housing Program at Caravilla.

Winter still hasn’t loosened its grip on the Stateline Area, but one local tavern decided that’s no reason to stay cooped up indoors.

Mustang’s Bar and Grill at 482 Gardner St., South Beloit, decided to put up the volleyball net and have a little outdoor fun Saturday, even though the ground was still covered in snow.

Jimmy Muaremi and his wife, Holta, owners of Mustang’s Bar and Grill decided to sponsor their first Polar Volleyball Tournament with funds raised going to the Dutter House in Beloit and the Homeless Veterans’ Transitional Housing Program at Caravilla.

“We decided, they do a Polar Plunge, so why not have Polar Volleyball,” Muaremi said.

He said about 50 people signed up for the tournament and everyone had a great time scrambling for spikes and sets in the snow.

The charities to receive the funds from the volleyball tournament were chosen because Muaremi admired the work done by both agencies.

The Dutter House is a respite care center for children with special needs. Parents of special needs children can get a break while their children are cared for by trained staff members.

The Dutter House was established by Rosemary Dutter and her family.

“This lady took her own money and set up this house to help kids,” Muaremi said in explaining why he chose the Dutter House as a recipient of funds from the volleyball tournament.

The other recipient was the Homeless Veterans’ Transitional Housing Program which is administered by Rock Valley Community Programs. The program offers housing and job training and placement assistance for war veterans.

Muaremi said he admires veterans who serve our country and he wanted to give something back to them to show appreciation.

Though the players needed to warm up after the games, everyone seemed to be having a good time for a few good causes on Saturday.

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