For Wyoming children battling cancer and the families who stand by their side, one special day at a bowling alley will have a tremendous impact.
Saturday, March 7 marks the 22nd annual, “Bowl for Jason’s Friends” fundraiser. With less than a week left before the big event, Jason’s Friends Foundation urges members of the community to gather their friends, family, coworkers, church members or civic groups, collect donations and come out to support their fellow Wyomingites.
Each team of five will bowl for about an hour, and individual bowlers are asked to collect at least $75 in donations. Funds raised at the event will provide financial assistance for families in the community and throughout Wyoming whose children are suffering from life-threatening childhood cancers and brain or spinal cord tumors.
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“The day is filled with contests, giveaways, free food and drinks, prizes and fun,” said Lisa Eades, volunteer executive director and cofounder of Jason’s Friends Foundation. “Free T-shirts will be awarded to each bowler gathering $75 or more in donations, with special adult and youth prize packages for the most donations collected.”
Teams are encouraged to sign up for their bowling times and print off their team packets online at jasonsfriends.org. Team packets are also available at any First Interstate Bank, any Hilltop Bank, El Mark-O Lanes or at the Jason’s Friends Foundation office at 340 West B Street. Bowling time slots can be reserved online or by calling Jason’s Friends Foundation at (307) 235-3421.
“Bowlers of all skill levels are encouraged to participate, including league bowlers, novices and everyone in between,” said Eades. “Last year, almost 1,000 bowlers participated in the event. So, this year, we are looking for strong support from the community and state to make this another successful fundraiser.”
Jason’s Friends Foundation is a non-profit organization that steps in to offer a helping hand when a Wyoming child is diagnosed with cancer or a brain or spinal cord tumor. By providing financial assistance for things like travel expenses (fuel, lodging, airfare, meals) and everyday living expenses (house and rent payments, car payments, phone bills, utility bills etc.), Jason’s Friends Foundation eases the financial burden on Wyoming families so that they can focus on what is most important – their children.
Bowl for Jason’s Friends is the organization’s primary fundraiser for the year. The Foundation is currently helping 135 Wyoming families and has provided more than $5.2 million dollars of financial assistance since its founding. Last year, the Bowl for Jason’s Friends fundraiser raised more then $330,000 and this year, the foundation hopes to surpass that number.
For more information, contact Jason’s Friends Foundation at (307) 235-3421, or visit www.jasonsfriends.org.