Six top-performing bowling center operators participating in the Bowlers to Veterans Link (BVL) fund-raising campaign for the 14-15 season were recently honored with a “BVL’s BEST” award given annually at International Bowl Expo.
“While we are so grateful and thankful for every single dollar that is raised by our nation’s bowling proprietors for our very worthy cause, we would be remiss in not recognizing those that really went above and beyond for America’s veterans,” explained BVL Executive Director Mary Harrar.
The award winners were as follows:
Maple Family Centers (NY and FL) $50,000.00
Don Carter Lanes Group (IL) $20,040.25
BowlMor AMF (Nationwide) $19,471.96
Bowl America (VA, MD and FL) $10,000.00
Mel’s Lone Star Lanes (TX) $ 7,500.00
Bowland and Headpinz Centers (FL) $ 6,551.00
Continued Harrar, “A total of $136,783.63 was donated to BVL from America’s bowling centers in the 14-15 season. As you can see, these award-winning operators really did the heavy lifting for BVL. For that, we are profoundly grateful.”
Lauding the BVL effort was International Bowl Expo’s Opening Speaker, Department of Veteran’s Affairs Secretary Robert A. McDonald, who addressed the audience at the behest of BVL. McDonald praised the sport of bowling for its long-time commitment to America’s veterans, noting BVL’s foundation even preceded that of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
At Bowl Expo, BVL launched “Care. Commit. Contribute.” a new fund raising campaign — specifically designed for bowling centers — which provides a number of easy-to-implement programs to encourage centers to get involved in the BVL effort and offers an opportunity to use BVL to generate positive publicity for participating centers.
“We want our fellow BPAA members to recognize the value of being involved in BVL,” noted BVL Board Chairman John LaSpina. “At Maple Family Centers, our customers look forward each year to the BVL Tournament that we’ve created. They’re proud to be involved in supporting our nation’s veterans and the campaign produces a community of goodwill and high spirits.”
Not Pictured: Les Goldberg – Bowl America