By JOSH VARDAMAN
Courier staff writer
---- — OTTUMWA—There are countless ways to give time and money to wonderful foundations around southeast Iowa and beyond, but what way sounds more fun than bowling?
For the past five years, the Women’s Bowling Association of Ottumwa has sponsored the Bowl for the Cure tournament at the Bridge City Bowl in Ottumwa. This year will mark the sixth consecutive year for the adult tournament and the third year in a row for the youth tournament.
A large majority — 85 percent — of the revenue from both tournaments will go toward the Southeast Iowa affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, which is dedicated to fighting breast cancer in our community. The Women’s Bowling Association will keep some of what is brought in, but even that is too much, according to member and tournament organizer Nancy Butler.
“We try not to keep any more than we have to because it goes to a great cause,” she said.
Since the beginning of the tournament, the women have been able to provide a good amount of donations for the foundation. The first year they were able to raise approximately $2,500, and last year the tournament successfully donated upwards of $,3550 to the cause.
To go along with the money generated from the entrance fees, the women will be having a raffle, bake sale and other various door prizes donated by many organizations in the area. Last year Fox15, KYOU, gave away a gumball machine along with posters and other different kinds of things. Butler said one year there were even Beanie Babies that were given away.
The youth tournament will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, and organizers ask kids be between the ages of 5 and 18. The adults will bowl at either 1 p.m. or 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13. Registration for both tournaments will take place prior to the start time, and the cost is $20 per youth or $80 for a four-person team, and $30 per adult or $150 for a five-person team.
Each of the three games will have the nine-pin strike rule, meaning if bowlers knock down nine pins on their first ball they will receive a strike for that frame. The most important thing for participants is to have fun and give to a wonderful cause.
“We have a good time and have a lot of people that come year after year,” Butler said.
Last year there were 19 teams that participated, made up of teams from many of the local businesses around Ottumwa. A lot of the teams were even accompanied by cancer survivors. Individuals who are not currently on a team but want to participate are encouraged to contact Bridge City Bowl at 641-684-9250 or Butler at 641-684-7426.
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