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“Re-Creation” Hits the Road for BVL

Veterans in care at VA Medical Centers and State Homes throughout the Sunshine State will be starting 2018 off right -- enjoying a series of uplifting, inspiring and spirit-filled performances by the touring entertainment troupe “Re-Creation.” Their current variety show, entitled “Happy” -- featuring music from many different eras -- will be brightening the days of veterans at 14 different facilities from Panama City to Miami – leaving a trail of joy and happiness in their wake. But Floridians won’t be the only ones to get their own dose of the “Re-Creation” magic medicine, as the tour will continue throughout the Southeast and into ...

Our Thanks to YOU

In this season of giving, the BVL Board of Directors would like to share our thanks for your gifts throughout the year to help us make brighter days for America’s military veterans.  It’s through your thoughts, endeavors, and actions that we are able to truly make a difference for those who have sacrificed for us. More than a million dollars was raised this year in small towns and big cities across this land; and those million dollars touched a million veterans’ hearts.  Imagine the fun, fitness and friendships you helped generate by sending veterans to the Winter Sports Clinic to learn or re-learn a sport adapted to their abilities; ...

Iowa Bowlers Give Back to Those Who’ve Served

The bowlers in Iowa are committed to their veterans. They are also committed to a BVL-sponsored national competition which encourages veterans to get out and get active. The Training-Exposure-Experience Tournament, also known as the TEE Tournament, is held in Iowa City, Ia. annually and provides numerous activities for disabled veterans. Sports — including golf, kayaking, bowling and horseback riding — are modified and adapted for veterans with disabilities allowing them to take part in activities from which they were previously excluded.  Importantly, the TEE Tournament also provides these disabled veterans with a source of friendship, camarad...

BVL Celebrates Veterans Day

BVL’s gift of more than one million dollars to provide recreational and therapeutic programs and services to America’s hospitalized inpatient and outpatient veterans was recognized today by Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin during a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery celebrating Veteran’s Day.  BVL Executive Director Mary Harrar and the BVL Board of Directors were in attendance to make the presentation to the Secretary. With this most recent gift, the total raised by the sport’s own, oldest, and most successful charity was brought to an excess of $50 million. Prior to the facsimile check presentation ceremon...

Fun on the Lanes Creates Brighter Days for Arizona Veterans

League bowlers in Arizona played a critical leadership role last season for BVL, contributing more than $42,000.00 to support our mission. More than $27,000 was raised by members of the Metro Phoenix USBC, the largest single amount of any local USBC association nationwide. Notably, associations representing Yuma, Copper Counties, Tucson, Lake Havasu City, and Arizona State USBC were instrumental in insuring the success of the campaign. Additionally, $15,000 in contributions resulted from the fundraising efforts of the Mesa Metro USBC. “We can’t thank our bowlers from the Grand Canyon State enough – they clearly worked hard to ensure that ...

Painting Change at the VA

“Art therapy is no different from working out at the gym. It is an awesome outlet to resolve your issues," according to U.S. Army Airborne Infantry Veteran Anthony Jones. "In 2015 I decided I needed to change, I dedicated myself to the health care and programs offered at the VA." Jones said. BVL is proud to be a sponsor of the annual VA Creative Arts Festival (CAF), helping bring this opportunity to veterans nationwide. Jones participated in the Martinsburg, (WV) VAMC CAF, receiving first place in Fine Arts and Mixed Media. The festival provided him a showcase for his artwork and prepared him for a larger audience. The CAF is an all-encompassing ...

Driving Forward

Brazos Area (TX) USBC BVL supporters teamed up with the local Disabled American Veterans Chapter and other community members to ensure veterans have access to their healthcare needs at the Temple VA Medical Center.  Together, the group raised enough money to purchase a full sized 10 person van to vets to their appointments. Bravo to Brazos for putting ‘it in gear’ and making veterans days better and brighter.

“Re-Creation” – Delivering Medicine not Dispensed in a Bottle

It often starts out differently; sometimes it begins with the tapping of the foot, swaying back and forth, or a twinkle in the eye…  But we always know how it ends… clapping, standing, if possible, and full throated song. And it happens at more than 100 VA Medical Centers and Veterans Homes throughout the country every year.  This special brand of medicine is delivered through the voices and hearts and hands and talents of the touring entertainment troupe “Re-Creation” thanks to BVL supporters. Each day the performers arrive at a hospital or home they walk through the halls and rooms and personally greet each veteran – thanking them for ...

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work! BVL Donations Top One Million Dollars for 16-17 Season

We did it!  For the first time since 2001, bowling’s own, oldest and most successful charity cleared the million dollar mark – raising $1,069,779.75 going into our 75th Anniversary year. “We’re absolutely delighted that we have broken that million dollar mark,” notes Executive Director Mary Harrar.  “These monies were raised in small towns and big cities across America by hard working volunteers that understand the importance of the BVL mission to Brighten Veterans’ Lives.  They know that their efforts will truly have an important impact on our veterans.” The majority of the contributions – more than $630,000 – was derived ...

Plano Veteran Receives Special All-Terrain Wheelchair

Plano, Texas native and Vietnam Veteran Mike Smith’s world got much bigger and brighter this week thanks to BVL and the efforts led by area bowling center proprietor Jamie Brooks. Mike has been confined to a wheelchair after having been diagnosed with several of the signs of Agent Orange including diabetes and congestive heart failure, as well as having both knees replaced due to damage suffered while in Vietnam.   Through a special BVL fundraising effort, Jamie presented Mike with an automated all-terrain wheelchair allowing him access to beaches, hills and otherwise difficult-to-navigate topography. Explains Brooks, “When I learned about ...