On July 18th, 2009 I joined my husband and co-workers, Sammer and Kristian for the First Annual Dolls for Daughters Bowl-A-Thon. The Bowl-A-Thon took place at Elitch Lanes Bowling Alley. Others from Bachus and Schanker, including partners Kyle Bachus and Darin Schanker joined my team Turkey’s All Around for a day of bowling.
I must say I was a little nervous when Jessica Bachus, founder of the Dolls for Daughters foundation came into one of our staff meetings a few months back. She said bowl-a-thon and I must say when she first said it; I was hesitant to sign up because I am not a good bowler. When Jessica explained that the bowl-a-thon wasn’t about how many strikes you made, it was about the money you raised I knew that I could sign up and not be embarrassed.
So it was the day of the bowl-a-thon, Mike and I arrived at Elitch Lanes and there were already plenty of people setting things up at the bowling alley preparing for the afternoon’s events. After people arrived pizza was served, along with soft drinks and my favorite the frosted, covered brownies…which were worth the embarrassing score I had on my lane. We had the lanes for a total of three hours, so however many games you could fit in was how many games you got to play. I must say I was probably the worse bowler on my team and maybe the worse by far…I even think Bailey Bachus, five year old daughter of Kyle and Jessica Bachus had a better score than me. I should have used the bumpers. The whole idea behind the Bowl-A-Thon was to raise money for the Dolls for Daughters Foundation to purchase dolls at Christmas time for the less fortunate little girls of Denver. The total amount raised was over $3,400. So I got to enjoy a few games of bowling and time with friends while people sponsored me to take part in a bowling tournament. I just think about how many girls will open a new doll Christmas morning because of the donations and it makes me smile.
In the end I might not have had the best score, but it was my team that raised the most money. Therefore I have the tournament trophy sitting in my office right now as I write this blog. My team and I have helped Dolls for Daughters take a step closer to their goal of getting 1,000 dolls for this Christmas Season. Please check out DollsforDaughters.org for more information on how you can help the foundation work towards their goal.
I must say Jessica Bachus and her team from Dolls from Daughters did a great job organizing and putting together the kick off year of the first annual Dolls for Daughters Bowl-A-Thon. It was a great, fun day with a purpose. A special thank you to Jessica Bachus, for being a mom that has taken an unfortunate event and has made it into something positive that is changing so many little girls lives. So thank you for letting us be a part of this event. Please stay tuned for more events with the Dolls for Daughters Foundation.