Glenn Epting, for the fifth time, took home the coveted Golden Pin, this year beating Executive Challenge competitors with a score of 186.
Pins went flying as Westerville community members and leaders spared no expense in creating fierce competition at the 2017 Westerville Bowl-A-Thon held Saturday, February 11.
This fun, friendly and sometimes competitive afternoon of bowling, hosted by the Westerville Scholarship Foundation, the Westerville Education Foundation and the Westerville Symphony, serves as the largest Westerville fundraiser benefiting Westerville students and educators. The three non-profit organizations will utilize funds generated by the Bowl-A-Thon to finance scholarships to students of all ages; provide grants to educators; and offer musical performances and programs to classrooms in Westerville.
Dr. John Kellogg, Westerville City Schools Superintendent, hosted the Bowl-A-Thon Executive Luncheon. He offered a special donation to the bowler who best guessed his or her score. Gary Johnson from Otterbein University guessed the exact number of pins; and Glenn Epting, from Edward Jones, took home the prized Golden Pin – for the fifth time! Westerville North High School won this year’s Principal’s Challenge, combining money raised and pins bowled.
Dr. Kellogg said, “The Bowl-A-Thon continues to be a hallmark event for our community. Proceeds provide resources for our teachers and experiences for our students that otherwise might not be possible. We truly appreciate the work of the volunteers from each of the sponsoring organizations to keep this annual tradition alive. We also appreciate the participants who laced up for the Executive Challenge, as well as everyone else who showed up to bowl for this worthy cause. It was a great day and I’m already looking forward to next year’s event!"
Kellogg, Johnson and Epting joined more than 425 community advocates at the Columbus Square Bowling Palace for the annual event. The Palace was alive with teams representing Westerville City Schools, the City of Westerville, Anne Gonzalez and the House of Representatives, President Kathy A. Krendl and Otterbein University, and many more. Alliance Data was represented on 17 lanes, bringing more than 80 bowlers.
Generous donations from Westerville community members and businesses allowed the Westerville Bowl-A-Thon to gross nearly $29,000 to support Westerville students and educators.
Chairperson Tara Trigg said, “Thank you to the volunteers, sponsors, bowlers, in-kind contributors and community advocates who made the 17th annual Westerville Community Bowl-A-Thon a striking success!” This year, with the help of a few brilliant Westerville South High School students, the event was rebranded with a new website and logo. With this makeover and the unwavering support of so many, the Education and Scholarship Foundations and Symphony will be well funded for 2017.
The 2017 Westerville Bowl-A-Thon thanks the Westerville Amateur Soccer Association (WASA) for being its presenting sponsor. The 2018 event is set for Saturday, February 17, 2018. For more information, please visit www.westervillebowlathon.com.