BVL MONTH IN AMERICA BRINGS AWARENESS TO THE BOWLING COMMUNITY’S COMMITMENT TO VETERANS

FAIRFAX, Va. (November 18, 2019) – The focus of the bowling community turns to veterans this month with BVL Month in America, an initiative that brings awareness to the work that BVL (Bowlers to Veterans Link) does to support veterans and active duty military by funding recreation and therapy services throughout the United States. As bowling’s oldest and own charity, the bowling community is active in raising funds and awareness to support America’s veterans since 1942. While many centers and bowling associations started their fundraising events around ...

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BVL names Texas bowling proprietor David Kellerman as first recipient of Helen Duval Award

FAIRFAX, Va. (October 15, 2019) – David “Kilroy” Kellerman of Georgetown, Texas, has been named by BVL (Bowlers To Veterans Link) as the first recipient of the Helen Duval Award. The Helen Duval Award, named after the bowling pioneer and longtime BVL advocate, was created this year by the BVL Board of Directors to recognize individuals who provide outstanding and dedicated service to BVL. Kellerman, who co-owns Mel’s Lone Star Lanes in Georgetown, Texas, with his sister Dot Ammons, last month completed a 2,192-mile, five-month hike through the Appalachian ...

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Five Months and Five Million Steps Later

FIVE MONTHS AND FIVE MILLION STEPS LATER, Texas bowling proprietor DAVID “KILROY” KELLERMAN COMPLETES 2,19222-MILE HIKE to raise MORE THAN $71,000 for BVL AND VETERANS FAIRFAX, Va. (September 17, 2019) – Welcome home, Kilroy! It took more than five months and five million steps, but the journey is over for Texas bowling proprietor David “Kilroy” Kellerman who has completed the 2,192 mile hike through the Appalachian Trail to raise funds and awareness for BVL (Bowlers To Veterans Link). Kellerman, who finished his 160-day solo trek last week, has inspired ...

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Congratulations Kilroy!

A few words from Kilroy (David Kellerman) “My Appalachian Trail adventure would never have happened if not for the freedoms given to me as a United States citizen.  My freedoms are not free.  They are protected every day by the great men and women who are or have served in our military.  I dedicated my hike to them by raising funds for the bowling industry’s charity – BVL (Bowlers to Veterans Link).  Thank you for everyone for your prayers, support and donations.  God Bless the U.S.A.” It’s not too late to join Kilroy in his support for America’s ...

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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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