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Red Cross pins event on fun to raise money

January 28, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

ROUZERVILLE, Pa. - The Franklin County, Pa., chapter of the American Red Cross was bowled over by the sponsorship response to its newest fundraiser, which was held Sunday in Rouzerville and Chambersburg, Pa.

Business names hung over each lane in the first "Bowl for the Red" in the county.

A dozen bowlers at Sunshine Lanes were striking pins early in the seven-hour event.

"We have no idea what to expect participant-wise. The more who come out allow us to save more lives," said Becky Smith, health and safety director for the chapter.

The organization collected money through the $25 fee for three games and business sponsorships, the primary one being F&M Trust.

Smith said proceeds will benefit all Red Cross services, like disaster recovery and blood collection.

"It's all different aspects of what the Red Cross does. The money that's raised at the Chambersburg location (Lincoln Lanes) and here stays locally," Smith said while at Sunshine Lanes.

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Garie Shawyer Jr., of Cavetown, was joined by four friends for bowling in Rouzerville.

"We wanted to come out, have fun and contribute a little bit," Shawyer said.

Madison Gober, 12, of Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., joined two friends for bowling and snacks. She said she thinks her all-time high game was 80.

Her friends, Rebecca Bittner and Kierstin Baumgardner, said they think bowling is fun.

"We go every Saturday," said Rebecca, 12, of Waynesboro.

The fundraiser proved more relaxing than their youth league, Rebecca and Kierstin said.

"It's not as big of a competition," said Kierstin, 12, of Thurmont, Md.

"It's more fun," Rebecca said.

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