Retro Themed Bowl-A-Thon Held in Lawrence
It was a trip back through time October 25 - 27 in Lawrence as the Douglas County District of Junior Achievement (JA) of Kansas hosted their annual Bowl-A-Thon event, this year with a retro theme. The Bowl-A-Thon is Douglas County's second largest fundraiser of the year.
Nearly 300 bowlers descended upon Royal Crest Lanes over the weekend-long event to celebrate the last few months of fundraising efforts. Teams were formed in August and have been raising funds in a variety of ways for JA.
Prizes were awarded each session for those that best portrayed the retro theme with a costume. Over the three days, there was tie-dye, peace sign necklaces and bright colors all around, with hints of the theme throughout the decorations and bowling alley. Throughout the sessions, the bowlers had the opportunity to spin the prize wheel to earn more prizes such as gift cards to local businesses. Sonic gift cards were handed out to those that bowled strikes with a colored headpin and extra prizes were awarded to those who were the first to the emcee with fun items like a $2.00 bill, those that had a birthday that week or were wearing Chiefs apparel. A big draw for the night was the 50/50 Raffle and opportunity to win KU Men's Basketball tickets.
JA Kingpins were awarded to bowlers that raised over $350.00 for JA of Kansas. The McFadden Group had eight bowlers that received Kingpins and collectively, raised $12,210 as a team, earning them a new company record from years prior.
Wayne and Larry's, the restuaruant connected to Royal Crest Lanes, held two additional fundraisers throughout the weekend for the Douglas County District of JA. Friday evening, Nashville in Kansas, a band featuring Kansan Scott Heidner, donated all cover charges back to Junior Achievement of Kansas. Additionally, an autographed Patrick Mahomes football was raffled up during the Sunday Night Football game featuring the Kansas City Chiefs taking on the Green Bay Packers. All raffle donations were given to JA.
Sponsors of this year's Bowl-A-Thon event include: Alpha Roofing, Berry Global, Black Hills Energy, Capitol Federal Savings - Lawrence, Central National Bank, CSL Plasma, Dale Willey Automotive, Elite Automation, Evergy, Fagan, Emert & Davis, LLC, Feldmeyer Financial, First State Bank & Trust, Great American Bank, Kansas Secured Title, KLWN Radio, Kriedler Consulting Group, LLC, Landmark National Bank, Lawrence Landscape, LMH Health, LMH Health OrthoKansas, Mainstreet Credit Union, MCubed Technologies, Meritrust Credit Union, Minuteman Press, Neighborhood Hearing Aid Centers, LLC, Oliver Electric Construction, Inc, Peterson, Kirsche & VanHorn DDS, Professional Moving and Storage, RCB Bank, Royal Crest Lanes, Scott Temperature, Sigler Pharmacy, Silver Lake Bank, Sonic, State Farm Insurance - Kurt Goeser, Tall Grass Windows Inc, The McFadden Group, Truity Credit Union, US Bank and Wayne and Larry's Bar and Grill.
Additional photos can be found at JA of Kansas' Facebook page.
"Junior Achievement has given me a sense of what adults go through with budget issues."
"Junior Achievement reinforced concepts for me to remember later in life."
"I thought the experience was amazing. The presentation was unlike anything I've seen."
"I liked how the Junior Achievement volunteer explained his job to us."