Marking the sixth consecutive year of increases and registering a 35% upsurge in contributions since 2008, BVL fundraising campaigns for the 2013-2014 season totaled $945,555.38. While local and state USBC associations were up 3.5%, bowling center donations jumped markedly by 42%.
“We want to thank all of our contributors,” said BVL Chairman John LaSpina. “We truly appreciate our wonderful leaders, but please know that each dime and dollar makes a difference. We pride ourselves on our fiduciary stewardship, and every bit of every donation is appreciated.”
California continued to lead the way in association fundraising in 2013-14, with $127,482.75 – the result of an extensive state-wide, year-long effort of raffles, special events and personal solicitations, culminating in a state tournament named in memory of California native and BVL spokesperson Helen Duval.
Taking first place in local association BVL leadership was the Nation’s Capital Area USBC with contributions skyrocketing from $15,319.00 in the 2012-2013 fiscal year to $27,465.00 in 2013-2014.
ASSOCIATIONS (TOTAL) BY STATE
Nation’s Capital Area USBC VA $27,465.00
Citrus Belt USBC CA $18,938.00
Greater Denver USBC CO $15,158.95
Metro Phoenix USBC AZ $11,126.44
San Diego USBC CA $10,825.00
Orange County USBC CA $10,000.00
San Gabriel Valley USBC CA $9,200.00
Minneapolis USBC MN $9,000.00
Greater Sacramento USBC CA $8,492.00
Metro Detroit USBC MI $6,677.00
BVL fundraising events at bowling centers nationwide continued to climb throughout the year with many new centers joining the BVL effort. Illinois is credited for bringing in the most dollars to BVL, as the Prairie State is home to two long time BVL supporters — Brunswick Bowling Centers and the Don Carter Lanes Group.
Maple Family Centers once again led bowling centers in total amount raised for BVL at $36,106. Now in its fifth year, the Maple Family Centers/BVL Tournament has become an institution in the family-operated chain at their four centers in New York and one in Florida. Thanks to the New York State Bowling Proprietors Association encouraging BVL campaigns in their member centers, New York also lead the total number of centers hosting BVL events in the 2013-14 season.
CENTERS (TOTAL) BY STATE
Maple Family Centers NY $36,106.00
Brunswick Bowling Centers IL $26,748.50
Don Carter Lanes Group IL $17,496.66
Mel’s Lone Star Lanes TX $7,500.00
Thunderbird Lanes PA $6,309.70
Bowland Centers FL $6,000.00
Royal Pin Leisure Centers IN $6,000.00
Broken Arrow Lanes OK $5,970.00
Easton Bowling Center MD $4,200.00
Hall Investments MD $3,362.00
To see the complete list of the Top 50 State and Local Association contributions, click Top 50 State and Local Assn.
Founded in 1942, BVL is a national 501 (c) (3) charity which is consistently acknowledged for efficient and effective programming delivered with extremely low overhead. BVL has been recognized as one of “America’s Best Charities,” earned a “Top Rated” Nonprofit distinction, and accepted into the Combined Federal Campaign (#93325).