Six HeadPinz and Bowland centers in southwest Florida teamed up last month to raise $42,345 for BVL to help fund veteran programs, marking the second largest donation from a bowling center group to BVL this year.
The funds were raised across multiple events at the HeadPinz/Bowland bowling centers during November, which is National BVL month. The total also included a personal donation from HeadPinz & Bowland owners Pat and Lisa Ciniello, who are longtime BVL supporters.
The HeadPinz/Bowland donation will be designated for programs at the Veteran’s Administration clinic in Cape Coral, Fla., as well as other Florida-based veterans’ services. As bowling’s own and oldest charity, BVL is dedicated to supporting recreational and therapy services for America’s veteran and active duty service men and women.
“There are no better people than Pat and Lisa Ciniello, who along with their great staff understand that because of those veterans who paid the price we are free to run our bowling businesses and our bowlers are free to play the sport we all love,” said BVL Board Chair John LaSpina, whose own Maple Family Centers group raised more than $57,000 for BVL earlier this year.
“Giving back and supporting our veterans is part of their DNA, and their unwavering commitment to brightening veterans’ lives sets an example for all bowling businesses to follow.”
“This just solidifies that our bowlers are huge supporters of our nation’s military veterans,” said Pat Ciniello, CEO of Bowling Management Associates, operators of the local centers.
“We couldn’t be prouder of the men and women who serve our country and likewise, we can’t say thank you enough to the bowlers for their contributions to an outstanding organization like BVL. We should never forget the sacrifice our veterans made for us to make America great!”
“We’re so grateful to the owners and bowlers and HeadPinz and Bowland for their ongoing tremendous support,” said BVL Executive Director Mary Harrar. “These dollars will go directly to work helping veterans programs in southwest Florida and making a difference in the lives of local veterans.”
The six HeadPinz & Bowland centers teamed up for several events last month, including a no-tap tournament and a “Race to the Bar” promotion with local radio station 93X in Fort Myers.
Bowland Centers are located throughout southwest Florida: Beacon Bowl in Naples, Coral Lanes in Cape Coral and Bowland Pt. Charlotte. HeadPinz Entertainment Centers are in Cape Coral, Fort Myers and Naples.
BVL has raised more than $50 million since 1942 to provide recreation grants at VA hospitals and clinics throughout the country. Fund-raising events in bowling and entertainment centers occur throughout the year although many efforts are centralized around National BVL Month each November.
For additional information on BVL programs, click here.
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