Poverello brings together a couple hundred in the biz people to raise money for such a good cause. This year the presenting sponsor is AIDS Healthcare Foundation.
Bowling to Fight Hunger” is Poverello’s longest running charity event. To date, over 1 million dollars have been raised to fight hunger through our annual bowl-a-thon…
Be a part of Poverello’s 23rd Annual Bowling to Fight Hunger
One of my favorite events of the year is the annual Poverello Bowl-a-thon, which this year changed its name to “Bowling To Fight Hunger.” Poverello brings together a couple hundred in the biz people to raise money for such a good cause. This year the presenting sponsor is AIDS Healthcare Foundation.
Bowling to Fight Hunger” is Poverello’s longest running charity event. To date, over 1 million dollars have been raised to fight hunger through our annual bowl-a-thon.
Raising funds is extremely important for Poverello and the thousands of people that they serve. The non-profit was started 26 years ago by Father Bill Collins. He was working as a chaplain at Imperial Point Hospital and heard of a disease many patients had that there wasn’t a treatment for. Father Collins ministered to the patients and learned that they were having problems affording food, shelter, and other basics. He took his own retirement money and handed out food to those in need from the back of his car. When he ran out of money, he got a job teaching to raise further money and soon rented space at 18th and McNab where he opened a thrift store and a food bank. When the owner of the shopping center found out what Poverello’s mission was, he wouldn’t renew the space and Father Bill and staff had to move their operation again.
The group moved to the Shoppes of Wilton Manors where they were for 18 years until they moved to Dixie Highway, near the Pride Center 2 years ago. The larger location has more space for the Poverello store and food bank.
The Bowl-A-Thon was always at Manor Lanes until 3 years ago when it was moved to Sawgrass Lanes in Tamarac because Sawgrass is large enough to accommodate all of the teams. The move turned out to be a good one and Poverello is hoping to duplicate the recent successes this year.
When we asked Nathan Earl, Director of Development about the changes he said: “We have totally revamped this year’s bowlathon. Most importantly, we’ve changed the name to, ‘Bowling to Fight Hunger’, so as to more clearly convey what the event is all about. Proceeds go to fight hunger, HIV / AIDS and poverty in our community”, points out Nathan Earl, Poverello’s Development Director. “Other exciting changes include a dynamic interactive event website with peer2peer fundraising capabilities, robust marketing and advertising, 3 launch events and a new trophy design.”
Form a team and start raising pledges. Your team can meet in Wilton Manors and ride the Party Bus to Sawgrass Lanes OR drive yourselves.
Registration begins at 11:00 and we start Bowling to Fight Hunger at noon. We’ll have a little half time break and get back to it. Party Bus drops you back off in Wilton Manors around 4:00. Register online at www.hungerfighter.org