Bowled over by hurricane relief

Kenai bowling fund-raiser will generate money for Katrina victims

Posted: Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Kenai area bowlers have been invited to help victims of Hurricane Katrina by bowling at Alaskalanes in Kenai on Saturday, when all lane fees will be donated to relief efforts.

Bowlers will be asked to pay the regular $4 per game fee when they bowl in open bowling between 2 and 10 p.m., according to Ken Liedes, owner of Alaskalanes Family Bowling Center.

League bowlers as well as non-league members are invited to participate.

Liedes also said bowling shoes rentals will be free during the fund-raiser.

The Kenai event is part of a national Bowling Proprietors of America Association call to bowling alley owners across the country to rally to the aid of hurricane disaster victims in the New Orleans area.

The American Bowling Congress national tournament brought 66,000 bowlers to Baton Rouge, La., 75 miles northwest of New Orleans, earlier this year.

Liedes, who also is president of the Alaska chapter of BPAA, has called upon the other 10 member proprietors in the state to join in the campaign.

Proprietors are asked to collect bowling fees during the eight-hour period and send one check to the BPAA Foundation, which will add the money to the donation being presented to the American Red Cross.

Liedes said he is not aware of any such relief effort being done by the association in the past.

The owner of the 12-lane bowling facility next to Three Bears on the Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai said there will be no limit on the number of games people may bowl Saturday.

People may also make donations to the relief effort in cash or by writing checks made payable to the BPAA Foundation and designated for "Red Cross Hurricane Relief." Checks may also be made payable to "American Red Cross."

Additional information on ways to donate is available online at www.networkfor

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