Ten Bowling Center Operations Honored as “BVL’s Best”

BVL’s Best (Left to Right):
Frank Wilkinson – RAB Country Lanes; Gary Forman – Fountain Bowl; Jim Chambers – Cloverleaf Family Bowl; David Kellerman – Mel’s Lone Star Lanes; Barbara Short – Royal Pin Leisure Lanes; John Sommer – Don Carter Lanes; Pat & Lisa Ciniello – Bowland/Headpinz Centers; Steve Jones and Joe LaSpina – Maple Family Centers. Maple Family Centers President and Chairman of the BVL Board of Directors is at the podium.

The Bowlers to Veterans Link (BVL) recently recognized five single center operations, five chain operations and two individuals as “BVL’s Best” at the International Bowl Expo in Las Vegas. The awards were based on efforts during the 2016-17.

“BVL has benefitted tremendously from the continuing and growing support from the bowling center community,” explains BVL Executive Director Mary Harrar.  “Each year, more and more centers are getting involved in our mission to brighten the lives of America’s veterans as they see for themselves the profound impact of their support.”

Centers involved in the BVL effort created a variety of programs and campaigns, from passing the hat to national tournaments.  Last year, BVL received contributions from more than xxx centers.

“At BVL, a dollar goes a long way and we appreciate every donation we receive, however, we did think it important to recognize our power hitters for BVL,” adds Harrar.

Top multi-unit center contributions for 16-17 were:

Maple Family Centers – New York/Florida                              $57,749.00

Bowland/Headpinz Centers – Southwest Florida                 $25,495.20

Don Carter Lanes – Illinois                                                             $22,287.83

Royal Pin Leisure Lanes  – Indiana                                              $10,500.00

Sparetime Entertainment – New England                               $10,000.00

Top single center contributions for 16-17 were:

Mel’s Lone Star Lanes – Georgetown, Tex.                            $12,286.53

Cloverleaf Family Bowl – Fremont, Calif.                                    $3,750.00

Fountain Bowl – Fountain Valley, Calif.                                      $3,375.00

Foxfire Lanes –   Kannapolis, NC                                                    $3,232.00

RAB Country Lanes – Staten Island, NY                                      $2,500.00

Additionally, BVL made two awards for special service to BVL.  The Service Award was presented to Don Carter Lanes President John Sommer, who has a decades-long record of leadership in BVL, including the launch of the “Lanes for the Troops” program and the successful “Bowl for Freedom” campaign.  Jamie Brooks, proprietor of Cowtown Bowl in Ft. Worth, Tex., received the Special Project Award, for coordinating a fundraiser to provide an all track wheelchair for Ft. Worth area veteran.

Proprietors urged to join in the sport’s charity for the 18-19 season.  For more information, visit www.BowlforVeterans.org or contact Mary Harrar at mary@bvl.org.