Bowling tourney raises over
$4,000 to fight breast cancer in the area
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 3:42 AM
Tournament organizer Lynn Reburn of the Caledonia Womens Bowling Association reports that Saturday's "Strike Out Breast Cancer to Spare a Pair" at the Starlite Bowling Center in Caledonia was a great success with 117 bowlers participating and raising $4,938.
The Farmers Co-op team of Kris Houdek, Kathy Houdek, Gina Schroeder, Sue Schwebach and Kim Bauer received a check from Tom Mitchell and his daughter Jill with his granddaughter Miley hiding behind the group.
The funds will be split equally between Gundersen Lutheran Health Systems for its Spring Grove Mobile Mammography Unit and to Mayo Health Systems for local women who can't afford their annual mammogram.
Winners of the 8-pin no-tap tournament that received a special trophy of a hand-painted bowling pin crafted by Lori Wilhelmson of Spring Grove are:
Women's Bowler Division - Tammy Albert, 759 series (bottom left);
Women's Non-Bowler Division - Deb Augedahl, 641 series (center);
Men's Bowler Division - Jeff Ranzenberger, 847 series (lower right); and
Men's Non-Bowler Division - Bruce Schuttemeier, 758 series.
One donation had a special story behind that Reburn shared.
Tom Mitchell, a customer of Farmers Co-op in Caledonia, recently lost his wife, Dawn, to breast cancer, and he wanted to make a donation.
He told team member Gina Schroeder that he would pay $5 for every "natural" strike their team (Farmers Co-op) bowled.
He stopped by to see how they did, and between the five team members, they had 39 strikes. The team is shown receiving a check for $195 from Tom Mitchell and his daughter Jill.
Before each bowling shift during the tournament, cancer survivors were honored and those that have lost their battle were remembered with a pink carnation.
Schroeder bowled in memory of Dawn Mitchell this year and is pictured holding a pink carnation in her memory.