Bowlers take a strike against muscular dystrophy

November 06, 2011|By JULIE E. GREENE |

HALFWAY — Whether they were bowling gutter balls or strikes Sunday, a group at Southside Bowl was playing hard to raise money to aid people with neuromuscular diseases.

“I think my gutter ball is not reflective of my usual bowling, but I wouldn’t say that I’m stellar. I’m OK,” said Kate Long, who followed up a gutter ball with a strike.

Long, 27, of Hagerstown, was bowling with her husband, Jason, and her mother-in-law, Cindy Long, who is a letter carrier in the Black Rock Golf Course area.

The National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 443 held the event to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Letter carriers across the country were raising money for the cause on Sunday, said Tonya Detrick, president of the Maryland-D.C. State Association of Letter Carriers.

Andrew Mitchell, 7, was working on his two-handed, roll-from-between-the-legs delivery.

It was only Andrew’s third or fourth time bowling, said his father, Steve Mitchell.

“It’s fun,” said Andrew, who described his bowling as “not too good.”

Andrew’s big sister, Jackie, said she was a “medium” bowler.

The Mitchell family traveled from Rockville, Md., to support the fundraiser and Steve Mitchell’s sister, Julie, who works at the Hagerstown post office.

The bowlathon, which was expected to raise more than $3,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association on Sunday, drew about 75 people to the Halfway bowling alley, said Julie Mitchell, vice president of the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 443. The local branch serves Hagerstown, Williamsport and Hancock. The group also raised money through donations from businesses, selling candy and having a 50/50 raffle.

The money raised will stay in the area to help clinics that aid people with muscular dystrophy and pay for camps for children with muscular dystrophy, said Mary Booker, fundraising coordinator for the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Baltimore district.

Lester Tigrett, 63, of Hagerstown, said he was a terrible bowler, but then his friends spoke up, saying he’d just bowled two consecutive strikes.

“It’s enjoyable. It’s a good cause,” said Tigrett, who delivers mail around the neighborhood near the old Washington County Hospital.

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