Our club’s first “Bowling for Vets” event was a rousing success, with all 16 lanes packed in two sessions on Sunday at the East Greenbush Bowling Center.
More than 80 bowlers — families, school teams (Columbia High School, St. Colman’s School), workplace friends, individuals, and a bunch of toddlers — kept the action lively.
Incidentally, judging by what we saw, there is no one way to bowl. We saw everything from the classic roll with curve, the avant garde decision to toss the bowl without using the finger holes, the zero-steps dead-drop, the between-the legs two-handed approach, and several others.
Great job by event coordinators Murray Forth and Terry Brewer, and thanks to all the volunteers who helped. We also thank everyone involved in obtaining lane sponsorships, with money raised from them going directly into our club treasury along with a portion of the bowling fees and the 50-50 raffle.
We will be sending contributions from proceeds of the fundraiser to Wounded Warriors and the Blue Star Mothers military family support organization. Murray will provide a financial report on this project at Thursday’s dinner meeting, although preliminary numbers put us above the $3,000 level.
Here are some scenes Bill Dowd captured on site, giving a flavor of the day. (Thanks to Roberto Martinez for the still-shots of Maggie Forth and the Hannans.)
(Please watch the video all the way through and excuse some clutter in the middle.)