“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-Creat...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 vetera...

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Two Special Presentations at US Women’s Open

United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer and two-time reigning Professional Women's Bowling Association Player of the Year Liz Johnson took home the grand prize at the 2017 U.S. Women's Open at Plano Super Bowl (Plano, Tex.) on Sunday August 6. The win marked the sixth time in her career that Liz has claimed the coveted green jacket, inching closer to the heights of women’s professional bowling icon Marion Ladewig. Plano Super Bowl owner Jamie Brooks was delighted to have his center be part of bowling history. But before those finals ever got started on ...

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DFW Bowling Community Launches Campaign for Special Wheelchairs

Bowlers in the Dallas Fort Worth area are joining together to support a unique fundraiser, in conjunction with the US Women’s Open at the Plano Super Bowl,  to provide mobility-restricted area military veterans with automated all-terrain wheelchairs.  The planned donation will allow veterans access to beaches, hills and otherwise difficult-to-navigate topography.  The effort is being championed by area business leader and bowling center owner Jamie Brooks. The first chair will be presented to Arlington, Tex. resident and Vietnam Vet Mike Smith at the event on ...

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“We Just Wanted to Give Back to the Sport” PBA Pros Making a Difference for America’s Veterans

Wide Array of Sponsors Show Support In a gratifying show of unity from throughout the sport of bowling, a unique “across all brands” sponsorship event recently resulted in a fun and education-filled day for 30 bowlers in Tennessee to benefit, in part, America’s veterans through BVL. Hosted by Oak Ridge Bowling Center, the “Super Clinic” was the brainchild of Oak Ridge General Manager Craig Porter and brought to reality by PBA pro Sean Rash along with Jason Belmonte, EJ Tackett, Tommy Jones, Ronnie Russell, Bill O’Neil and Dom Barrett. The clinic was held ...

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BVL’s BEST Awarded to Bowling Center Operators at Bowl Expo

Twelve operators with centers from New York to California were honored with the annual BVL’s BEST awards, in recognition for their outstanding support of bowling’s own, oldest and most successful charity during the 2015-2016 season. Once again, Maple Family Centers (NY/FL) was at the forefront with their donation of $52,450.00.The centerpiece of the Maple Family Centers’ fundraising event was the second annual Johnny Petraglia/BVL PBA 50 Open. Two other long-time multi-unit owner operators were recognized for their commitment to America’s veterans through ...

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