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Bowling fund-raiser a Big success for county agency

March 29, 2004|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN - More than 500 people bowled for a good cause on Sunday at a fund-raiser that netted more than $45,400 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County.

Bowl for Kids' Sake is the organization's biggest fund-raiser of the year.

The organization's goal for the 20th annual bowling event was to raise $45,000, topping last year's total by about $4,000, event Chairwoman Claire Mumma said.

The total Sunday night was $45,411, but the final amount was expected to be higher, she said.

"We had an outstanding day," Mumma said.

As far as Mumma knows, it is the most money the event has ever raised.

Teams of tenpin or duckpin bowlers get people to sponsor them - either a set amount or an amount per pin knocked down - and in return get a cup, a chance to win a door prize, and a T-shirt or sweatshirt.

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Turner's Dual Lanes donates its facility to the group for the fund-raiser so participants don't have to pay for shoes or bowling, Manager Todd Smith said.

Smith said the business is pleased to provide a home for the annual event.

"We are happy to do this," he said. In addition to helping a good cause, it brings in people who have not been to the business before and may return, he said.

Raymond Holton, a board member, said he has participated in the event for at least 15 years.

He admitted to hoping there would be bad weather Sunday, increasing the likelihood that people would come out and bowl instead of opting for outdoor activities, he said.

Mumma said she, too, was watching the weather forecasts carefully, especially since "they were calling for this beautiful, warm weather."

Last year, the weather called for rain and snow and that may have resulted in more participation than usual, she said.

Chris Rose said he likes the event because he gets to go out and have fun with his family and raise money for a good cause.

The event ran from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

While Holton and Rose were bowling at about 4:30 p.m. in the downstairs portion of the bowling alley, seven Smithsburg Elementary School employees were playing upstairs.

"We just enjoy each other's company in school and outside school," teacher Patricia Biancolli said.

Money raised during the event helps fund the agency's services to children in the program, as well as recruiting efforts to find mentors for children waiting to be matched with Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Big Couples.

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