Wednesday, 20 February, 2008 7:25 PM
Metro Detroiters Go "Bowling
for Jobs" with Goodwill
March, regions first event of its kind will raise funds for
job creation and worker training in Southeast Michigan
Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit today opens registration
for the first annual Goodwills 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
Goodwills 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 Goodwills Motor City Bowl-A-Thon. Every pin that
falls and every dollar raised will help put people to work in this
The total cost to participate in Goodwills 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. Were 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,
- Drakeshire Lanes,
- Ford Lanes, Dearborn
- Luxury Lanes, Ferndale
- Mayflower Lanes, Redford
- Novi Bowl, Novi
- Taylor Lanes, Taylor
- Thunderbird Lanes,
- 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
In addition to prizes awarded for bowling accomplishments, Goodwills
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 Detroits 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 Goodwills 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 organizations 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