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Wednesday, 20 February, 2008 7:25 PM

Metro Detroiters Go "Bowling for Jobs" with Goodwill

Throughout March, region’s first event of its kind will raise funds for job creation and worker training in Southeast Michigan

 

DETROIT – Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit today opens registration for the first annual Goodwill’s Motor City Bowl-A-Thon. The month long event, which starts March 1 and culminates on March 31, is the first of its kind in the region and will encourage Metro Detroiters to “Bowl for Jobs” at 11 area bowling centers in an effort to raise thousands of dollars to put people to work in Southeast Michigan.

Registration information and other details are available on the Goodwill’s Motor City Bowl-A-Thon Web site located at www.MotorCityBowlAThon.com. Blue Ribbon Quality Bowling Centers will host the event at 11 locations throughout Metro Detroit.

“The Bowl-A-Thon is an opportunity for families, co-workers, neighbors and friends to get together, have a fantastic time and contribute to a cause that impacts everyone in Michigan,” said Ed Deeb, President and CEO of the Michigan Food & Beverage Association and the Michigan Business & Professional Association, and co-chairman of Goodwill’s Motor City Bowl-A-Thon. “Every pin that falls and every dollar raised will help put people to work in this region.”

The total cost to participate in Goodwill’s Motor City Bowl-A-Thon is $150 per team of three, four or five individuals. Each participating team member will receive two games of bowling, shoe rental, two pieces of pizza or two hot dogs, and a soft drink. Proceeds from all registration fees benefit Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit.

“Everyone in Southeast Michigan recognizes the importance of jobs to the future of our communities,” said Jerry Harris, Proprietor and General Manager of Blue Ribbon Quality Bowling Centers member locations in Novi and Farmington Hills and co-chairman of the Bowl-A-Thon. “We’re looking forward to providing the places where bowlers from across the region can come together to support this initiative.”

Event registrants may bowl at any of the following Blue Ribbon Quality Bowling Centers locations:

  • Beech Lanes, Redford
  • Cherry Hill Lanes, Dearborn Heights
  • Drakeshire Lanes, Farmington Hills
  • Ford Lanes, Dearborn Heights
  • Luxury Lanes, Ferndale
  • Mayflower Lanes, Redford
  • Novi Bowl, Novi
  • Taylor Lanes, Taylor
  • Thunderbird Lanes, Troy
  • Westland Bowl, Westland
  • Woodland Lanes, Livonia


Eligible participants will have the opportunity to win a number of prizes, including a lease on a new vehicle for the individual bowler with the highest score among all participants and two trips to tropical destinations. Any bowler recording a perfect 300 score during the Bowl-A-Thon will have the chance to win an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) from Motor City Harley-Davidson.

The first bowler rolling “a turkey” (three strikes in a row) on each team will win a $15 Meijer Gift Card courtesy of Meijer. Every participant will also be entered into a raffle for a number of other prizes. Those wishing to contribute to the Bowl-A-Thon, but are unable to bowl may submit suggested donation of $30 via the event Web site. By doing so, donors will be eligible for the raffle. Complete information on available prizes can be found at www.MotorCityBowlAThon.com.

In addition to prizes awarded for bowling accomplishments, Goodwill’s Motor City Bowl-A-Thon also will award a prize to the team producing the best one- to two-minute video promoting the fund-raiser. All entries will be judged by representatives from Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit and Blue Ribbon Quality Bowling Centers. Entries will be shown on Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit’s YouTube Web site, www.youtube.com/goodwilldetroitpr. Instructions for entering the YouTube Video Award contest may be found at www.MotorCityBowlAThon.com. The winning team will receive up to five digital video camcorders.

Special events during Goodwill’s Motor City Bowl-A-Thon include:

  • March 16 – WNIC-FM radio personality Chris Edmonds appearance from 1 to 5 p.m. at Novi Bowl (21700 Novi Rd, Novi)
  • March 29 – WYCD-FM radio personality Dr. Don appearance from 1 to 3 p.m. at Taylor Lanes (24800 Eureka, Taylor)
  • March 30 – WRIF-FM radio personality “Screamin” Scott Randall appearance from 1 to 5 p.m. at Luxury Lanes (600 E Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale)


“At its core, the mission of Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit is to put people to work, not just in the city of Detroit, but throughout Southeast Michigan,” said Lorna G. Utley, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit. “This area is recognized as the bowling capital of the world and the Bowl-A-Thon is an opportunity for residents to pull together to create jobs, retool the workforce and make an impact, all while having fun.”

The organization’s clients include individuals facing a wide range of barriers to employment. Many were recently laid off and left lacking the skills to find new work in the changing economy. Others require assistance developing the “soft” life skills necessary to communicate with customers and handle stressful situations. Still others suffer from physical or mental disabilities or have transportation or housing issues.

Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit provides people with opportunities to become independent, self-supporting citizens through training, work experience and employment in the community. In 2007, the organization successfully put nearly 1500 residents to work in the counties of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb and provided nearly 14,000 individuals with employment and training services.

Source: Tanner Friedman

 

 

 

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