Bowl-a-Thon for a purpose

Monday, May 6, 2013 - 11:51
More than 100 bowlers packed Eagle River Bowl for Love INC’s annual Bowl-a-Thon earlier this year.

In Eagle River this March, over a hundred local people had a great time — bowling for a purpose! The local affiliate of “Love In the Name of Christ” is comprised of 19 local Christian churches who are dedicated to providing real love and help to our neighbors in need. We take serious our Lord Jesus Christ’s commandment: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Here’s just a few examples, before we get back to the great bowling event:

Recently, we helped a disabled woman who lacked transportation get to her medical appointments. A single mother of two young children was helped moving from a camper (in January temperatures!) into a modest but warm and safe apartment. A low-income family was provided donated beds and furniture. A low-income man was given a coat and help finding a new job so he now supports his family. In the past, local widows were helped with leaky roofs and unsafe floor repairs...the list goes on! Now, let’s get back to the bowling...

If you missed this Bowl-a-Thon, you’re certainly going to want to be there next year! Great food and snacks were provided free to all bowlers — everything from Arby’s and Subway sandwiches and Garcia’s Cantina chips and salsa to every flavor of Avalanche’s Frozen Yogurt you can imagine.

And each bowler won a ‘door prize’ from our 28 sponsors — including gift certificates to The Alaska Club, Jalapeno’s, China Lights, Pizza Man, Bella Vista, Papa John’s Pizza, Starbucks, Tinker’s Rain Forest, McDonald’s, Antique Clipper, E.R. Automotive, First Nail & Spa, Cold Stone, Papa Murphy’s Pizza, NAPA, Eagle River Candy, Oopsie Daisys, O’Reilly, Nail Time, H2 Oasis, Embassy Suites, E.R. Chevron, Shine Sushi...the list goes on!

As one bowler, Stan said, “It was amazing how well we all got along, there was just a spirit of joy there, and we all enjoyed the friendliness of people from different backgrounds working together for a common cause.”

With 107 bowlers, we had everyone from young 3-year-olds tossing the ball, skilled teenage bowlers, to impressive seniors throwing strikes and spares. Local hockey star Eric Johnson blasted the highest score (with his wife Hannah’s coaching), just edging out Mr. Charfu Vang with over 230 pins!

Together, we raised over $8000 for the mission of our Love INC of Eagle River. For our modest charity, this will truly help our neighbors!

Love INC of Ealge River would like to thank all our donors, sponsors, volunteers, and all who made this event a success! See you next year at the Love INC Bowl-A-thon!


Kevin Dougherty is president of Love INC of Eagle River and a member of St. John Orthodox Christian Church.

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