BOWL-A-RAMA — A group of friends hung out at the Bowl-A-Thon. Pictured, from left: Cece Krezmien, Sonya Krezmien, Shelby Smith, Avery Boyles, Lily Ranuga and Miya Domes. Photos by Andrew Manzella.
SPRINGVILLE — Tim and Bonnie’s Cascade Lanes and Pizza opened its doors to the Springville Boys & Girls Club on Sept. 14. The fundraising bowl-a-thon gave students of varying grade and skill levels a chance to bowl.
This event allowed members of the clubs in the Springville and Colden areas to bowl with their friends, and peers. All lanes were provided for the kids, at no charge, by Tiffany Garey and her father Tim, the owners of the establishment.
To bring in funds for the Boys & Girls Club, kids were asked to get pledges or one-time donations from people.
“The kids went out and got pledging and whoever brings in the most pledges gets an Ipad®. Second place is a Nook and third prize is $50 cash. One boy has brought in $425,” said Mike Basehart, the man in charge of the event.
The pledge money was officially counted on Sept. 18, but, at the time of the Bowl-a-thon, Alex Wendley had brought in the most pledges.
STRIKING OUT — Alex Wendley earned the most pledges at the time of the event. Pictured, from left: Tiffany Garey, Becky Wendley, Alex Wendly, Mike Basehart and Melissa Mankowski.
Tiffany Garey, owner of Tim and Bonnie’s Pizza and Cascade Lanes, was present at the event. Garey asked each child for his or her shoe size and handed out bowling shoes, free of charge.
“This is our first time hosting the Boys & Girls Club. We donated the whole lanes; everything was free for them to come in and bowl, and the shoes, as well,” said Garey.
“It’s great to have kids in here and get them liking bowling and it’s been so much fun for us, running the lanes. Having a big group like this come in and get to try bowling is a lot of fun.”
Garey also noted that she would like to host this event, in the future.
Melissa Mankowski, the director of Springville Middle School’s teen center, said, “It’s nice to see all the kids out. I’m definitely very happy with the turnout.”
“I like to bowl because it’s fun and I can do it with lots of people,” said one bowler, Lily Ranuga.
Students from Colden Elementary, Springville Elementary and Springville Middle School were in attendance.
“The kids are having a blast and they’ve done awesome, so far,” said Basehart.
He estimated that the kids would collectively bring in “a couple thousand dollars.” Anyone interested in joining the Boys & Girls Club or donating to the organization can contact Basehart, or Mankowski. Their contact information can be found on the Springville-Grffith Institute website at www.springvillegi.org.
Tim and Bonnie’s Pizza and Cascade Lanes will be hosting a similar event for adults.
Pledges and donations will go to the club. The adult bowl-a-thon will take place on Friday, Oct. 19 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.