In car talk, going from 0-60 in x time frame is a measure of success. In BVL talk, going from 0 to $600 is quite an accomplishment!
Thanks to Paul Ehresmann, a member of the North Carolina State USBC Board and a dedicated USAF veteran from the Vietnam Era, that’s just what happened in Roxboro when Paul decided to do something to support the BVL cause in his area.
With a lot of elbow grease, Paul organized, coordinated, and ran a BVL tournament throughout January and the first part of February – thanks to a wonderful snow storm that closed the bowling center one week. (What a winter!)
Paul created a flyer that explained the BVL mission and the tournament which he placed at each team’s table at his local bowling center Thunder Lanes.
With a $10.00 entry fee — $5.00 for the prize fund and $5.00 for BVL — bowlers could enter the tournament multiple times, one time for each night they bowled. From the 32 bowlers who entered, they had a total of 100 entries, resulting in the initial $500.00. Then, Thunder Lanes donated $76.00 in change from a “wishing well” fountain at the front of the bowling center.
To reach the final $600.00, Paul donated his prize money, as he finished third in the tournament.
Paul admits that the tournament was a pure labor of love to support the veterans and active military people. Concludes Paul, “This is a cause very dear to me, and I hope to continue in this effort.”
Feature photo: Paul with his BVL Tournament winners: Left to right – David Nagelhout, Men’s Division 1st Place; Paul and Anita Meeks, Women’s Division 1st Place.