By Joe Potter
Pinchasers was packed on Sept. 7 when more than 100 people turned out on a business day to participate in the Rotary Club of Zephyrhills’ 21st Annual Bowl-a-thon.
“There was a very big turnout to help support the Rotary Club of Zephyrhills in its efforts to give back to the community,” said President-Elect Sam Turgeon. He owns Sunlight Realty and handles public relations for the 35-member club.
Twenty-seven teams of four people each participated in the event that Pam White and Sean Klotz spent about 45 days organizing.
The Bowl-a-thon is anticipated to raise about $6,000 and proceeds will be used to provide scholarships for some seniors at Zephyrhills High School, feed hungry children through the Thomas Promise Foundation, support Seminars For Tomorrow’s Leaders (S4TL) and help with some other worthwhile local projects.
The Rotary Club of Zephyrhills also helps to alleviate homelessness and supports the local Boy Scouts, Turgeon said.
Bob Armstrong of Dade City won the grand prize, a five-day, four-night cruise for two people to Mexico, the Bahamas or the Western Caribbean. Sunlight Realty donated the grand prize that is valued at $1,789. Armstrong said he plans to take his daughter, Emily, on the cruise next year for her “Sweet 16th.” Tickets for the drawing for the cruise cost $10 each and Armstrong bought two tickets.
The Armstrongs will be able to enjoy a beautiful interior stateroom and experience a wide range of entertainment while on the cruise. Also, they will be able to use all of the ship’s onboard facilities, including spa programs and salons and state-of-the-art exercise equipment.
There were 30 raffle prizes in all and the prices of the tickets for them varied according to the value of the prizes. The prizes that were available ranged from golf foursomes and twosomes to several $50 gift cards and various bottles of wine.
Trophies were awarded for first, second and third-place teams as well as the male and female bowler who had the highest and lowest scores.
The Rotary Club of Zephyrhills will be holding other fundraisers in the near future, Turgeon said.
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