Maple Family Centers President and a long-time supporter of the veterans’ cause, John M. LaSpina, has been elected Chairman of the BVL Board of Directors. LaSpina’s selection marks the first time a BPAA representative will serve as Chair.
“Anyone who knows me knows that I’m very passionate about the BVL mission,” explains LaSpina. “I’ve seen for myself the tremendous difference our programs make in the lives of those who have served our country. These American Heroes deserve our best and I’m anxious to move ahead and help guide this wonderful organization. I thank my fellow Board members for their confidence in my leadership.”
LaSpina’s appointment comes at a time when the nation’s bowling centers are assuming a substantially larger role in support of the sport’s oldest and most successful charity. BVL “Bowl for Freedom” campaigns are now being conducted in hundreds of bowling centers across the U.S. LaSpina’s own centers have contributed more than $100,000 to BVL.
At the meeting, the BVL Board also welcomed new USBC appointee Anthony Colangelo, who replaces outgoing representative and former BVL BOD Chair Darlene Baker.
“On behalf of the BVL Board, all our volunteers, and most especially the veterans we serve, I want to most sincerely thank Darlene for her tremendous efforts during her tenure as Chair. She helped orchestrate a successful turn around for BVL, presiding over a 40% increase in contributions — that’s quite an accomplishment. I know we will continue to call upon Darlene in the future to help us Brighten Veterans’ Lives.”
Other BVL Board members for the 14-15 year are Wally Hall, representing BPAA and Marci Williams and Libbi Fletcher representing USBC. Elaine Hagin is a member emerita.