In the late 1800’s bowling grew in popularity in the United States although it was banned in a few states where it was associated with gambling. By the end of the 19th century the American Bowling Congress was formed. Two decades later, in 1917, the Woman’s Bowling Association was started. By the mid 20th century it made its television debut on NBC’s, “Championship Bowling”. Today over 95 million people enjoy the game in over 90 different countries.
Here in Rohnert Park, the game has taken on a twist. Turkey Bowl III is a bowling tournament like any other tournament EXCEPT that instead of using bowling balls, the players bowl with FROZEN TURKEYS! In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Rohnert Park’s Grocery Outlet & members of the local business community are hosting this fun event November 19th from 11am – 4 pm in the Rohnert Park Grocery Outlet parking lot.
Every penny of the $50 team entry fee will be used to purchase food that will be delivered to Neighbors Organized Against Hunger (NOAH) food bank in Rohnert Park which serves more than 200 families weekly. American Heritage Girls will also be on hand to collect non-perishable food donations.
The tournament takes place on customized outdoor bowling lanes and the public is invited to bowl, too, during tournament breaks. People who donate $5 to the Grocery Outlet store will be purchasing a full bag of groceries for NOAH, said Cheri Weir, the store’s owner. She added that as a thank you, those donors will also have a chance to win a FREE turkey (while supplies last) if they earn a Strike.Last years efforts resulted in more than 2000 non-perishable food items and over 150 turkeys for families in need of extra help. The goal, according to John McDonald of AM Printing & Graphics is for the business community to help others in need. “These are hard times for so many of us. It’s important that we help where we can.”