Congratulations go to Virginia Higle for placing first in the California State Bowlers-to-Veteran Link Singles Classic Tournament in San Rafael.
Higle represented Modesto in the Women's E Division after winning the local tournament and advancing to the state level. Her 485 scratch total earned her the state title.
The tournament raises money to fund a variety of recreational opportunities and therapeutic supplies for veterans on the local, state and national levels. Modesto bowlers donated nearly $3,500 this year, as part of California's $122,000 total. Nearly all of the state's donations will stay in California, and last year more than $90,000 stayed in Northern California. But BVL's reach is wide, providing reading material, arts and craft kits and access to music or sports activities to the recuperating vets at all 172 VA hospitals nationwide. It provides many Vietnam and Iraq vets affected with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder recreational activities such as trips to ball games, bowling outings and sports event through the 206 outreach centers in the nation.
A growing number of World War II vets in their later years suffer from the often-lonely days of long-term care. BVL provides these often forgotten heroes the opportunity to enjoy billiards, cards, bingo, or even spend their days fishing, bowling or gardening. When the fund-raising drive begins for the 2009 season, open up your wallets for this good cause even if you don't bowl in the tournament.
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THIS FRIDAY A SENIOR NO-TAP is on the calendar at McHenry Bowl. Starting time is 1 p.m. with check-in at 12:30. The celebration continues through Sunday evening at McHenry with its Grand Reopening Week.
The center will be celebrating with $1 games, $1 shoe rental, music, colored pin shot, prizes, soft drink and snack specials, and a giveaway of a 42-inch plasma color TV. Specials run every day from 9 a.m. to after midnight until Sunday at 9 p.m. when the TV drawing will take place.
SIGN-UPS ARE IN PROGRESS for the short summer season starting next week at both Modesto bowling centers. Kids can bowl for Barbie or Marvel bowling balls, adults can earn NASCAR, Giants or A's merchandise, and gambling trips. Seniors, families, daytime and weekend bowlers will find a spot just for them.
High school seniors, there's still time to turn in applications for the Modesto USBC Memorial Hall of Fame Scholarship. The deadline for submission has been extended to June 10. The award amounts are determined by the number of scholarships awarded and will be dispersed over two years. Applicants must be sanctioned youth bowlers in Modesto, have good grades, and show school and community involvement.
The Modesto USBC Director's Scholarship deadline also has been extended to June 10. This scholarship goes to the children or grandchildren of an adult sanctioned bowler who bowled this past winter season in Modesto. The award can be earned by high school students in grades 9-12, and can be earned multiple times.
Dallas Kadry can be reached at 571-2695 or firstname.lastname@example.org