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JA Bowl-A-Thon raises $8,000 in Huntingto

Posted: Friday, February 5, 2016

Over 75 area community members and business leaders put on their bowling shoes and gathered together at Rainbow Lanes on Saturday, January 30 for the first annual “Achieve-a-Bowl,” a bowling fundraiser supporting Junior Achievement of Huntington County. These individuals had a great time while raising funds to continue the Junior Achievement programs serving Huntington County. Junior Achievement programs empower young people to own their future economic success by focusing on three key content areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy.

In large part, the “Achieve-a-Bowl” was made successful because of generous area businesses that sponsored the event and teams. Title sponsors were Beacon Credit Union and PNC Bank. Other sponsors included, First Federal Savings Bank, JJ’s, Bendix, Huntington University, Edward Jones, Parkview Huntington Hospital, Z-Place Pizza, and Bippus State Bank.

“Our goal is to raise money for valuable financial literacy programming and have a lot of fun doing it – what better way than to get a group of friends together to bowl and win prizes!” said John Garrott, board president.

Local businesses from Huntington donated door prizes to ensure every participant left with a prize. Bowlers ended their bowling day bonding with friends, family, and co-workers all while earning prizes from local businesses. Gift certificates were given from the YMCA, Pizza Hut, Papa Johns, Rusty Dog Irish Pub, Town and Country Flowers, Z-Place, Pizza Junction, and many others.

This year the Junior Achievement programs serving Huntington County will reach more than 1,600 local youth in elementary, middle, and high school. Over 90 area parents and community leaders will be JA volunteers sharing their time and the JA programs with area youth.