Our tournament has been in existence since 1989. It all started out with a group of us from the King’s Rook Club. We all thought we were better than one another at bowling. One night John Lytle stopped in at the Rook and heard us all bragging about how good we are at bowling and invited us to bowl off at Eastway lanes. So we decided we would have some fun and make it a handicap tournament. We also decided we could charge a little extra and give whatever we could to the top scores, and they would have the opportunity to donate that money to their choice of a children’s charity. We had 123 adult guys and girls compete in this great sport of bowling. We also had a spaghetti dinner that was cooked up for us by Brenda Moore and we joined up at the Kings Rook Club for the banquet and announcements. 5 sponsors donated sponsor fees, door prizes and give-a-ways. Our first year we collected $481.00 for 2 different Children’s Charities, and had $276.00 given away in prize money. After the 1st year we decided that no more prize money would be given away and all money raised would be donated to the top bowler’s charity choice. We started to name the tournament each year using a name from the bowler who came up with the best name, and they would have money donated to their charity. We did that for 12 years.
We are now over 30 years and still going.
We understand the needs families have with their childrens abilities, and we want to try to help them with the money we raise.
In 2006- We were the Recipient of the 2006 National Philanthropy Fund-Raising Award( N.W Pa. Chapter)
Thanks to Debbie and Doug Richardson, and all those who voted for us.
In 2007- We were the Recipient of the 2006-2007 Certificate of Merit for Community Crime Prevention. Presented on Dec 7, 2007 from the Crime Victim Center. Thanks to all of the Board of Directors at the C.V.C.
Here is the list of the bowler who placed 1st over the years. The (*) by the name means that person has participated in all years to date along with Sue Swoger, Nancy & Karen from Eastway Lanes and Rick Makowski. They are all known as the “ORIGINALS”
|YEAR||WINNER||SERIES||ANNUAL||DATE||BOWLERS||TOTAL RAISED||GRAND TOTAL|
|1989||Susan Makowski||764||Kings Rook "Rock-N-Roll" 1st Annual||04/9/89||123||$481.00||$481.00|
|1990||Rodney Widdowson||765||"Rock-N-Bowl" 2nd Annual||04/22/90||163||$1,349.00||$1,830.00|
|1991||Kirk Werner||764||"Bowl For A Goal" 3rd Annual||4/4/91||189||$2,125.00||$3,995.00|
|1992||Preston Brida||754||"Keggling For Kids" 4th Annual||3/15/92||199||$2,330.00||$6,285.00|
|1993||Martin Quinn-Tie-Lisa Madara||736||"Strike The Wood" 5th Annual||3/21/93||194||$2,627.00||$8,912.00|
|1994||Bill Ostrum||707||"Candy Striper" 6th Annual||3/20/94||184||$3,013.00||$11,925.00|
|1995||Jacque Orzechowski*||796||"Wood-Be-Bowlers" 7th Annual||4/9/95||199||$3,772.00||$15,697.00|
|1996||Dean Jacobs||739||"Lace-Em Up" 8th Annual||3/17/96||204||$4,478.00||$20,175.00|
|1997||Colleen Jennings||766||"Leather" Be Strikes 9th Annual||3/23/97||222||$5,020.00||$25,195.00|
|1998||Bill Ostrum||726||"Tin-th" 10th Annual||3/22/98||178||$5,170.00||$30,365.00|
|1999||Tim Orzechowski*||763||"Steel a Strike" 11th Annual||4/11/99||193||$5,533.00||$35,898.00|
|2000||Mike Guerriero||767||"Pearls of the Earth" 12th Annual||4/30/00||227||$5,803.00||$41,701.00|
|2001||Bob Hayes||770||13th Annual||3/25/01||251||$9,641.00||$51,342.00|
|2002||Rich Fabin||758||14th Annual||3/24/02||286||$11,525.00||$62,867.00|
|2003||Lisa Stroup||737||15th Annual||3/30/03||352||$13,481.00||$76,348.00|
|2004||Marlene Barczynski||741||16th Annual||3/28/04||355||$14,788.00||$91,136.00|
|2005||Bill Schroth||777||17th Annual||3/20/05||368||$18,336.00||$109,472.00|
|2006||Mike Potts||767||18th Annual||3/26/06||402||$22,346.00||$131,818.00|
|2007||Carol Niedzwiecki||790||19th Annual||3/25/07||406||$22,765.00||$154,583.00|
|2008||Don Sandison||741||20th Annual||3/30/08||407||$25,679.00||$180,262.00|
|2009||Larry Hoganson||850||21st Annual||3/29/09||397||$24,978.00||$205,240.00|
|2010||Matt Passalinqua||794||22nd Annual||3/28/10||387||$27,023.00||$232,263.00|
|2011||Rick Eggleston||823||23rd Annual||3/27/11||395||$24,438.00||$256,701.00|
|2012||Mark Hooks||776||24th Annual||03/25/12||376||$23,266.00||$279,967.00|
|2013||Bill Zinz||772||25th Annual||3/24/13||405||$29,167.00||$309,134.00|
|2014||Brian Carney||788||26th Annual||3/23/14||404||$30,052.00||$339,186.00|
|2015||Brandon Mlakar||771||27th Annual||3/29/15||407||$33,909.00||$373,095.00|
|2016||Geoff Bach||777||28th Annual||4/3/16||401||$31,209.00||$404,304.00|
|2017||Gary Kyle||802||29th Annual||3/27/17||402||$28,075.00||$432,379.00|
|2018||Tracy Lee||802||30th Annual||3/25/18||406||$42,934.00||$475,313.00|
|2019||Jeff Colman||821||31st Annual||3/31/19||412||$39,805.00||$515,118.00|
|2020||Year of COVID-19||N/A||32nd Annual||3/29/20||407||$15,225.00||$530,343.00|
|2022||Mike Kyle||782||34th Annual||03/27/2022||384||$42,603.00||$590,960.00|