Bowling fundraiser for veterans set for Saturday

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What: Fundraiser for Bowlers to Veterans Link

Where: Thunder Rolls Bowling Center, 990 Industrial Ave.

When: 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday

Cost: $15 per person for three games

— For more information or to donate, call 824-1767 or visit www.bowlforvetera...

Beryl Dschaak, co-owner of Thunder Rolls Bowling Center, said she had grown apathetic to U.S. war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“You get so wrapped up on other stuff, that you don’t stop and think,” Dschaak said.

Then Dschaak saw “Taking Chance” — a 2009 HBO film about the death and funeral of Chance Phelps, a U.S. Marine who formerly lived in Craig — and felt inspired.

“Really inspired,” she said. “I got to thinking we need to do something.”

Dschaak has channeled that inspiration into a month-long fundraiser for the organization Bowlers to Veterans Link.

The fundraiser kicks off Saturday with charity bowling, continues through the month with cash donations and merchandise, and concludes Nov. 13 with a flag dedication and free bowling for veterans. The goal for the fundraiser is $5,000.

From 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Thunder Rolls, three games of bowling will cost $15 per person. There will be a strike competition, 50/50 raffle, free food and prizes.

“We want everybody and their dog to come in Saturday night,” Dschaak said.

BVL is a national nonprofit organization that supports veterans and active duty servicemen and women. The group was founded in 1942.

“They pick up where the government is done,” Dschaak said of the BVL. “They’ll go to all the VA centers, they go to the nursing homes, they provide all kinds of support.”

The Saturday event is hosted by Absolute Drains, a drain-cleaning business serving Northwest Colorado.

James Moyer, owner of Absolute Drains, said his company will provide free food and prizes for the event.

Also sold at the event and throughout the month are raffle tickets for one of five freedom bowling balls, which feature graphics of American pride and are valued at $150 each.

Winners for the freedom bowling balls will be drawn on Nov. 13. That same day, veterans can bowl for free at Thunder Rolls from 1 to 5 p.m.

Dschaak said it’s important to let veterans know they’re appreciated, and she tries her best to do just that.

“We just need to let our veterans and active-duty servicemen and women know … we wouldn’t be here bowling if it wasn’t for them,” she said.

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