For the first time in the eight year history of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce Bowling Tournament the Beacon Bombers have claimed the coveted trophy for the third year in a row. "That was our goal to make it a three-peat because it had never been done before and we were kind of nervous because a couple of our regular bowlers didn't make it this year, so we were really happy to win it again this year," said Kelly Gifford of Beacon Occupational Health & Safety Services of Kenai.
The theme for the evening "Are We BONDing Yet?" lent itself to some creative team costumes and as participants filled the Alaska Lanes Family Bowling Alley the "007" theme music filled the facility. The sell-out event brought fifteen teams together with appropriate monikers for the evening such as: Arby's Royale, Denali Goldfingers, Split Happens, Money'd Up and of course the Beacon Bombers!
"Things were a little Shaken not Stirred as the evening progressed," said Carol Bannock, Kenai Chamber executive director, "You never knew what dangers lingered around the corner. Jason Carroll, Kenai Chamber Board member, was the Double Agent for the evening and was roaming the room searching for unsuspected Secret Agents (bowlers) to handcuff together. This would impair them from bowling effectively and they had to raise anywhere between $5 to $20 dollars to be released, with proceeds going to the Chamber," explained Bannock. Soldotna Mayor Peter Micciche and wife Erin found themselves handcuffed thanks to double agent Carrol's efforts.
The fun filled evening also included two 007 theme games; "A View to A Kill", sponsored by Brown Agency, a backwards granny shot game which was won by Denali Alaskan "Goldfingers" claiming the $50 in gold coins for each of their team members. "Agent Under Fire" was a shoot out game where the team closest to 30 points in 3 bowls won an athletic package which included UAA Shoot out tickets, Season Passes to Peninsula Oilers Baseball and Brown Bear tickets as well as a Tesoro gas card. The Beacon Bombers also walked away the winners of that game but guttered out in the granny roll.
The evening included delicious steak sandwiches donated by Peterkin Distributors and Arby's as well as McDonald's homemade cookies. Chips and other items were donated by Three Bears. The evening's Head Chef was Duane Bannock with Souse Chef Brendyn Shiflea and Expediter Jason Semler from Anchorage. Danny Bookey won the $1000 raffle and Magnum Motors won best team costume dressed in their Bond Formals.
Special thanks to all participating teams: ConocoPhillips and Frontier Community Services, Lynden Transport, Waddell & Reed, Arby's, Radio Shack, Denali Alaskan FCU, First National Bank Alaska, Stewart Title, Era Alaska, Beacon OHSS, Magnum Motors and KSRM Radio Group.
The evening was a BONDing success and we look forward to what next year will bring.
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