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Inaugural bowl-a-thon

Event raises more than $2,000 for Make-A-Wish

April 2, 2011
By ANGELINA DICKSON, Special to the Brooke Scene

WEIRTON - More than 80 bowlers made their way to the Holiday Lanes in Weirton on March 20 for the inaugural Make-A-Wish Foundation Bowl-A-Thon.

Local bowling coach Jerry Miller served as coordinator for the bowl-a-thon to benefit the Northern Panhandle Make-A-Wish Foundation. The event was being sponsored by the Holiday Lanes United States Bowling Congress Youth Bowling.

Through promotion of the event via the media, word of mouth and the social network website, Facebook, Miller said all of the participants were walk-ins, making the Holiday Lanes a full house.

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Angelina Dickson
HELPING?OTHERS — More than 50 youth bowlers made their way out the Holiday Lanes in Weirton on March 20 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation Bowl-A-Thon. The event raised more than $2,000 and the organization.

"This was probably one of the most special fundraisers I have ever had the pleasure of participating in over the years," said Miller. "Additionally, I would like to thank Tammy Wounaris, Maria Drennan, Kendel Rutherford, Bobby Dalfol, Melinda Greco and any of the other people that helped with the activities in any way."

Miller said a big thanks must also go out to the businesses that provided items used to raise money for the event by donating gift cards and coupons.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation is a non-profit organization that receives no state or federal funding and relies entirely on contributions to make children's wishes come true. The Northern Panhandle chapter's yearly Wish Upon a Star Gala, held at Mountaineer Casino, Race Track and Resort, is among fundraisers held to support its efforts to lighten the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Last fall Blake Swanson of Windsor Heights became the tenth child to be aided by the Northern Panhandle Make-A-Wish Foundation, which arranged a trip to Walt Disney World for him and his family.

The organization is looking for people to help raise money for the cause so that more children can have their wishes fulfilled.

For more information on how to make a donation, call Jerry Miller at (304) 374-5222 or Tammy Wounaris at 374-1314.

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