The Nation’s Capital Area USBC has a long tradition of supporting BVL. For decades, their board has launched a BVL kick-off in November and stayed on the BVL support curve throughout the year. But the whole is a sum of its parts, and success depends on the involvement of all integers. So when Judy Edwards, a former NCAUSBC Board Member wanted to do her part for BVL, she turned to her favorite bowling center to help out – Bowl America Gaithersburg.
Judy explains that area bowling center chain Bowl America has always supported the BVL during the NCAUSBC November fundraising drive, but she wanted to try something just at this one center –on a yearlong basis.
When she approached the center manager, Jackie Sewell with her idea – Judy says Jackie, and the staff, jumped in with two feet! With Jackie’s help, Judy ran a 50/50 raffle for the entire season during leagues on Tuesday evenings, generating $1,770 for the BVL in its inaugural year. Judy notes that Jackie really went above and beyond to make her fund raiser a success, noting that Jackie made repeated announcements encouraging all bowlers to support the 50/50. Jackie made sure that BVL posters and a banner were predominantly featured in the center and flyers were available for bowlers to learn more about the charity.
“It’s really a team effort to get the BVL name and cause out there so that our bowlers understand the value and importance of BVL,” concludes Judy. “By having Bowl America Gaithersburg on my team, BVL came out the winner!”