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This week we take a look at an event that helps out our local youth. On Sunday, Nov. 5, Big Pals-Little Pals will hold their 15th annual Bowl-A-Thon at Westbrook Lanes from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

I spoke with Roxanne McCright, executive director of Big Pals-Little Pals, about their upcoming fundraiser.

Big Pals-Little Pals is a mentoring program that matches adult volunteers with children ages 6-19 from single parent homes. A specially chosen adult mentor provides support, guidance, friendship and understanding to their Little Pal.

Many of these matches results in life-long friendships. McCright says they have over 50 children matched with a Big Pal, with 19 more children waiting for a one. They are celebrating their 45th anniversary in Columbus this year.

If you want to participate in the Bowl-A-Thon, you need to form a four-member team. The entry fee is $120 per team. Every person who bowls will get a t-shirt and bowl two games. Prizes will be given throughout the day. McCright says teams may pay the entry fee themselves or collect pledges from others to help cover the entry fees.

Area businesses or organizations can sponsor four Big and Little Pals to bowl by making a $120 donation. If you are interested in sponsoring a couple of Big and Little Pal matches, please send your donations in by Tuesday, Oct. 31. In order to be listed as a top donor on the t-shirts, donations must be received by Thursday. Anything after Thursday's deadline cannot be guaranteed. T-shirts can be picked up at the Bowl-A-Thon. The donor levels are as follows: 300 Club ($1000 & above), Turkey Club ($500-$999), Strike Club ($250-$499), Spare Club ($120-$249) and Generous Support Club ($25-$119).

New this year, Big Pals-Little Pals are adding a Bowl-A-Thon raffle. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. Tickets can be purchased at the Big Pals-Little Pals office, Art Editions, from board members or at the Bowl-A-Thon. The winners will be announced at the event, but you don't need to be present to win. Please call

Please send all entries to Big Pals-Little Pals at 3020 18th Street #10 in Columbus. Call 402-563-1081 or e-mail at for more details.

All money and gifts donated will be recognized with a thank you letter in the Big Pals-Little Pals Newsletter, an ad in the Columbus Telegram and at the Bowl-A-Thon. McCright wants to thank everyone who makes their Bowl-A-Thon possible. Listed below are those corporate sponsors who have donated in the top three levels for the Bowl-A-Thon:

BD Medical, Black Hills Energy, Cargill-Columbus, Melanie Knoepfle, Thrivent Financial, Strategic Legacy Advisors, Dwain Owens, Husker Steel, Mike Rowe.

Terry Henke named Joey Martensen, Stephen Krzycki, Emily Hoefer and Sharon Borowiak as Boulevard Lanes' bowlers of the week. Martensen and Krzycki shared the men’s selection. Martensen shot a 725 series, with his high game being a 288. Krzycki rolled the high series for the men with a 742 on games of 279-236-227. Hoefer led the women for the week as she tossed her first ever 300 game. She had the high series for the week with a 735. Hoefer joins Chere Moon, Shelley Renner and Ashley Podliska as the only females to shoot perfect games in the Columbus Bowling Association. Borowiak took the senior honor with a 196 game and a 456 series. Jim Murcek tossed the high game for the men with a 289.

John Eckholt selected Leroy Thiem, Kim Hablitzel and Bob Hopp as Westbrook Lanes' bowlers of the week. Thiem earned the men’s honor with a 288 game and a 613 series. Hablitzel was the ladies' choice for her 235 game and 578 series. Hopp took home the senior pick with a 227 game and a 648 series. Shawna Woosley led all the ladies for the week with a 256 game and a 641 series. Eckholt’s 289 game and 738 series were tops for the men.

Next week I hope to feature another Monday night league.

Bowlers of the Week

Boulevard Lanes

Joey Martensen 288 – 725

Stephen Krzycki 279 – 742

Emily Hoefer 300 – 735

Sharon Borowiak 196 – 456

Westbrook Lanes

Leroy Thiem 288 – 613

Kim Hablitzel 235 – 578

Bob Hopp 227 – 648

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Chuck McCarthy is a local bowler whose columns are featured weekly in The Telegram during bowling season.


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