The Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club will be hosting their annual Bowl-A-Thon on Friday, March 10 at the Milford Bowling Lanes. This year, participants will have the opportunity to bowl unlimited games from 5:30 to 9pm while helping a great cause. The Bowl-A-Thon will generate funds, secured by each bowler, team and various sponsors, that will benefit children in the local community.
“This event brings people together for fun as they support The Club in their efforts to develop future leaders in our community,” said event organizer and B&G Club Board Member Brennon Fountain. “Being able to support the needs of others make this a great event and the ability to feel accomplished in doing so should be a reason why people should join.”
Fountain has participated in the Bowl-A-Thon event for the past five years with the Carlisle Fire Company. Proceeds from the event will be used to enhance and expand the educational, athletic and character building programs offered by club leaders to local children. In addition to providing daily guidance and mentoring, the Club offers structured programming throughout the year which has supported improved academic performance and attendance of Milford Club kids in local elementary, middle and high schools.
“Volunteering for this organization allows me to actually put action behind my voice and be a part of providing other experiences for those in need,” said Fountain. “I enjoy volunteering at the Milford Boys and Girls club and knowing that I am part of something great. My favorite part of volunteering comes from hearing all of the success stories of local kids that I have watched grow from childhood into young adults.”
According to Director Tod Van Eyken, the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club will provide over $95,000 this year in financial scholarships, which is over 6% of their annual budget. Van Eyken stated that the Annual Fund Campaign assists local families by creating some form of financial assistance for more than seventy percent of the children currently enrolled in the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club.
“These scholarships are essential to grow our enrollment and fulfill our mission to inspire and enable all young people,” commented Van Eyken. “We encourage all of our kids to realize their potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.”
Celebrating nine years in their new location off Airport Road in Milford, the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club has increased its efforts to establish the Milford Club as a community center in the Greater Milford Area. In addition to serving school-aged children, the Club offers services that include a full size fitness center, adult basketball and pickleball leagues and water aerobic classes. The Richard Y. Johnson Aquatic Center is also home to the Milford High School Buccaneers Swim Team, the Club’s own Milford Marlins Swim Team and is the only Boys & Girls Club in Delaware to offer swimming scholarships through the Michael Phelps Foundation. These community services are made available to Greater Milford Area residents year-round through support from fundraising events including the Bowl-A-Thon.
To reserve a spot for the event, bowlers can register as individuals or as teams of six bowlers. Businesses and individuals can also support the event be becoming a lane, team or event sponsor. Each level of sponsorship will include unique perks from sponsorship signage over the lanes to special recognition on the official Bowl-A-Thon tee shirt. For further information on how to register, sponsor or donate to the Bowl-A-Thon event, individuals are encouraged to visit the event Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1811968765708091/ or contact Tod Van Eyken at the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club at 302-422-4453 or by email at TVanEyken@bgclubs.org. The event is $50 per bowler or $275 for a team of six bowlers and includes All You Can Bowl from 5:30 to 9pm.
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