Rootin’ Tootin’ Mentoring Bowl-A-Thon raises over $8,000 ...

Helping Services for Youth & Families is overwhelmed by the generous community response to the Rootin’ Tootin’  Mentoring Bowl-A-Thon held March 16 at Arrowhead Lanes in Waukon. A total of 94 bowlers and sponsors helped raise $8,089 to provide caring adult role models for youth in Allamakee, Howard and Winneshiek Counties. Donations are still coming in. Mentoring Coordinator Kathy Schwartzhoff shares, “Bowlers really got into the theme wearing cowboy hats, vests, big belt buckles, and someone even brought a spur! It was so much fun!”

Community sponsors for this year’s Mentoring Bowl-A-Thon included Steve and Alison Elwood and Mabe’s Pizza, who contributed $500. Giving $300 donations were Randy’s CARQUEST Auto Parts, C US Bank, Family Table Restaurant, Farm Bureau Financial Services, Marine Credit Union Foundation and Mayo Clinic Health System. Donors of $100 were Arrowhead Lanes, Bank of the West, Casey’s General Stores, CIA Insurance, Cunningham Hardware & Rental, Don’s Sales & Service, Paul Hudson-State Farm Agent, Gundersen Health System, Hovden Oil, KAR Auto Group, Martin Funeral Home, MiEnergy, Perry Novak Electric, Nordic Chiropractic, David and Julie Olson, T-Bock’s Sports Bar & Grill, Thrivent Financial, Torkelson Motors, Waukon Feed Ranch, Waukon Greenhouse Flowers & Gifts and Ziegler CAT.

The event would not have been possible without all the bowlers and their donors. There were many cheers as bowlers experienced strikes, spares and even gutter balls. Pictured above in the submitted photo are, left to right, Maryann Baldwin of De Soto, WI, Evie Clemments of Lansing, Tatyanna Garcia of Postville and Tiffany Ackerman of Waukon getting ready to bowl.

Youth Mentoring in Allamakee, Howard and Winneshiek Counties provides an adult mentor who spends a minimum of four hours a month with a youth, ages five to 16. Currently, 40 youth are enjoying time with a mentor, and 28 youth are waiting for a mentor. For information on how to be part of the excitement of mentoring at Helping Services, contact Kathy Schwartzhoff at 563-387-1720, kathys@helpingservices.org or online at www.helpingservices.org/mentoring. Serving families since 1973, Helping Services for Youth & Families is dedicated to responding to current health and safety needs of youth and families through empowerment, support, and education.
 

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