Bowl-a-thon sets fundraising record: proceeds benefit campus students

Buttressed by a record 170 alumni and friends, the Alle-Kiski Society raised a record $5,500 at its March 25 Alumni Bowl-a-thon at Wildlife Lanes. The total surpassed the previous record of $5,200 that was set a year ago.

Thirty-six teams filled all the lanes of the Lower Burrell bowling center as Penn State alumni, friends, students, faculty and staff came together for the 10th annual family-fun event. The bulk of the proceeds, nearly $3,000, was raised through the generosity of 40 lane sponsors, including 17 “Big Ten” sponsors who donated $100 each and 23 “Nittany Lion” sponsors who donated $50 each.

John Spadaro, a 1982 Penn State graduate and a member of the society’s board of directors, has chaired the event since its inception in 2003. Kerry Kelly, president of the society, praised Spadaro and his group of volunteers.

“In any task you need a good leader, and John fulfills that role wonderfully,” said Kelly, a 1999 alumnus. “But you also need great volunteers to put their time, money and energy into the event. I want to thank everyone who organized, volunteered, bowled, obtained a sponsor, donated something or convinced their friends and family to give up a Sunday to come out and support a great cause. I am very proud to be part of such a great group of people.”

The bowl-a-thon is the Alle-Kiski society's spring fundraiser, and all proceeds benefit campus projects and the "Alle-Kiski Society Endowed Scholarship" that funds yearly awards to campus undergraduates. For 2011-12, the society awarded $3,000 in scholarships to Gretchen Toy of Kittanning, Pa; Shanna Williams and Corey Zell of Apollo, Pa; and Vanessa Peck and Justin Tinnemeyer of Lower Burrell, Pa. Since 1998, the society has awarded $33,000 to 43 campus students.

The scholarship amount is expected to rise dramatically in the future as the alumni group grows its endowment level by 50 percent over the next 30 months. Two years ago, the society pledged to increase the principal by $25,000, from its current total of $51,000 to $76,000 by June 2014.

There were six teams from Penn State New Kensington who vied for the Chancellor’s Cup, emblematic of bowling supremacy at the campus. Dailys Juicers wrest the cup from the grasp of the Old Timers, who had a three-year stranglehold on the coveted hardware. In the bowl-a-thon’s 10-year history, the Old Timers have hoisted the cup a record five times. The Mean Four own two titles, and Dailys Juicers, Fun Fest and Half-Keglers, the inaugural cup holders, are one-win-wonders.

The society's next major fundraiser is the alumni golf scramble that is set for Friday, Aug. 10, at the Links at Spring Church. For information on the golf outing, call 724-334-6049 or via email.

For photos of the bowl-a-thon, visit!i=1767482958&k=tshcXb6 online.


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Last Updated April 12, 2012