Bowl for kids goes to school

By Geoff Lee

April 12, 2016 6:00 AM

Big Brothers, Big Sisters Lloydminster fundraising coordinator Shelby Longworth acted as a human pinsetter and ball fetcher during the Bowl for Kids Sake fundraiser at Jack Kemp School Friday night.

The 2016 Big Brothers, Big Sisters Lloydminster Bowl for Kids Sake annual fundraiser did not lack in creativity or fun.
Organizers turned the gym at Jack Kemp School into a six lane five pin alley using rubber balls, plastic pins and human pinsetters in a Blast from the Past theme.
A total of 15 teams registered for the event, with the action taking place over three different time periods from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday night.
“Different community members put together different teams,” said Jacqueline Weed, event coordinator.
“About three quarters are teams which have bowled with us for years past and about a quarter are new, so that was nice to get some new people giving us a chance without the bowling alley.”
One of the newcomers was Scott Nahirniak who explained how he ended up on a team called the Pink Ladies.
“I was a last minute replacement,” he said, adding “it’s a good cause and a worthwhile charity.
“I’m a terrible bowler, but it’s fun.”
Lanes were created by laying tables on their sides with the pins set back about 30 feet from the throwing zone and the score tables.
“It looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun; it’s like a bowling alley in there,” said Weed at the start.
Bowlers got to feed on pizza, old fashion ice cream, floats and popcorn in keeping with the retro theme.
“The supplies were provided by Sobeys so were really happy with the support we got,” said Weed
Donna Cameron came with her seven-year grandson Taelon.
The youngster bowled in the event last year at Border Bowl just before it closed and he offered his take on which venue was more challenging.
“This is easier,” he said.
Last year’s event raised about $40,000 for the agency, but Weed said given the economy and no bowling alley, they don’t know what to expect when the funds are totalled by the end of the week.
“Obviously, it’s a different venue; economic times are a little different,” said Weed, noting corporate sponsorship are about half of what they were a year ago.
“We’re just happy people have supported us and came out for the event tonight,” said Weed.
Ditto that thought from Shelby Longworth, the agency’s fundraising coordinator who said, “We are pretty pleased with the funds.”
She noted all the funds stay right in the local agency and go towards the programs that they provide to kids in the community.
Longworth was dressed in retro clothing and found herself as a volunteer picture taker, traffic coordinator, human pinsetter and ball retriever.
“We’re going old school — we don’t have anything to pick them up other than people,” she said.
“We don’t have a bowling alley so we didn’t know what to expect, but so far it seems to be pretty fun everyone’s having a good time so you can’t ask for much more than that.”
A first timer at Bowl for Kids was Braylea Williams, a member of the Alley Cats out for a Friday night prowl with the girls on the town.
“We’re just all local girls and checking out something to do,” she said noting one of the Alley Cats does a lot of volunteer work and tipped them off about the event.
The other cats included Vicki Braun, Franki Spinney and Hailey Schneider.

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