BVL’s 2018-19 Fundraising Efforts Top $1.1 Million To Support Veterans

FAIRFAX, Va. (August 21, 2019) – For the third consecutive fiscal year, BVL (Bowlers To Veterans Link), has raised more than $1.1 million to support recreation therapy grants to VA hospitals and clinics for America’s veterans and active duty service members. As bowling’s own and oldest charity, BVL has raised more than $50 million since 1942 to provide support services to veterans. Fundraising events and personal donations are primarily generated by the bowling community through a wide range of events, many specifically targeted around Veterans Day in November. ...

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Texas Bowling Proprietor Reaches 1,400 Mile Mark in 5 Month Hike to Raise Funds for BVL and Veterans

  Kilroy is in the home stretch. Texas bowling proprietor David “Kilroy” Kellerman, who earlier this spring embarked on a more than five-month hike through the Appalachian Trail to raise funds for BVL (Bowlers To Veterans Link), is closing in on the end of his remarkable fundraising efforts for veterans. Nearly four months after starting his 2,190-hike through 14 states to raise awareness and funds to support BVL and veterans programs, Kellerman has completed two-thirds of his solo trek, with less than 800 miles left in his journey. The bowling industry ...

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Tim Minard Named to BVL Board of Directors

Bowlers To Veterans Link has announced that technology entrepreneur Timothy J. Minard of Atlanta, Ga., has been elected to the BVL Board of Directors. Minard is the CEO of Eclipse Gaming Systems, a global provider of gaming systems and technologies, and is also the founder, chairman and CEO of Sports Challenge Network (SCN). “Tim is an innovative business leader who brings a distinctive vision to the BVL Board,” said BVL Board Chair John LaSpina. “He has a tremendous passion for the work that BVL does, and we feel very fortunate to have him join our lineup of ...

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Keith Hamilton Named To BVL Board of Directors

FAIRFAX, Va. (June 3, 2019) – BVL (Bowlers To Veterans Link) today announced that Luby Publishing Inc. president Keith Hamilton, of Park Ridge, Ill., has been elected to the BVL Board of Directors. Hamilton currently oversees Luby Publishing Inc., the world leader in publishing of bowling and billiard publications. “Keith has been a driving force for positive change throughout the bowling industry for decades, and we’re grateful to add his voice to the BVL Board,” said BVL Board Chair John LaSpina. “He brings a broad perspective and will be an enthusiastic ...

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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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