Bowl-a-Thon raises money for Goodwill

Mayor McLendon, Senator Mitchell, Mayor Byard, and Mayor Strange - Photo by Marc Parker
Greenville Mayor Dexter McLendon, Senator Wendell Mitchell, Prattville Mayor Jim Byard, Jr. and Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange - Photo by Marc Parker

Montgomery, AL – Goodwill Industries held its 2nd annual Bowl-a-Thon “Bowling for Jobs” at the Ace Bowling Center in Montgomery Saturday.

Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange, Prattville Mayor Jim Byard, Jr. and Greenville Mayor Dexter McLendon all bowled at the event. Senator “Walking” Wendell Mitchell dropped by to lend some moral support to the three mayoral bowlers.

For the event, individuals could bowl for a fee of $25 and for teams of four the cost was $100. The money raised goes to support Goodwill’s mission of providing training and employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

Kristen Sherer, Public Relations Manager for Goodwill, was pleased at the success of the event.

“It is going great today,” said Sherer. “This is the second time we’ve had Goodwill’s Bowl-a-Thon. Last year was the first and we had about 50 bowlers. But, this one has exceeded my expectations.”

“We have just had great support from businesses in the community especially CBS-8 News. They have covered our event and they were instrumental in getting the three mayors here today to bowl.”

Mayor Jim Byard hoping for a strike - Photo by Marc Parker
Mayor Jim Byard hoping for a strike - Photo by Marc Parker

When asked to comment on the day’s festivities, Mayor Byard replied, “Strike!” He then went on to say, laughingly, that he had to make four of them for Mayor McLendon.

“You know we compete with each other, but we’re all friends,” continued Byard. “I don’t bowl regularly, so it’ll probably be hard to get out of bed tomorrow morning. But, this is a great organization and it is just fun to get the mayors together to have a little friendly competition.”

Mayor Strange said that it had been a while since he had donned bowling shoes.

“I used to bowl regularly. When we were in the car business, we had our own team and I carried a 150 average,” Strange stated. “But, I probably won’t make 100 in this game, although I’ve had no gutter balls! We’ve had a lot of fun here, though, for a good cause.”

Goodwill Industries is North America’s leading nonprofit provider of education, training, and career services for people with disadvantages. In 2008, local Goodwills collectively provided employment and training services to more than 1.525 million individuals.

Article by Melissa Parker

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