Saturday’s gathering of bowlers at in Falls Church was more than some friends having a good time.
It was a chance for avid bowlers and onlookers alike to raise money for breast cancer research. For the second year, Safeway hosted their Bowling to Beat Breast Cancer event to support research of the cancer plaguing thousands of people each year.
“For a long time Safeway has been raising money for breast cancer research,” said event organizer Craig Muckle. “I just thought this was a way to bring people together to raise money for this cause.”
Last year, the bowling event raised more than $1,500, Muckle said. He said people also donated money at Safeway stores and made donations to the corporate office. Muckle said bowlers paid an individual registration fee or paid a team fee for five players. Bowl America supplied 10 lanes for a discounted amount of money and placed two-dozen pink painted bowling pins in the racks. Bowlers knocking down a pink pin were rewarded with a free bowling game and other gifts. Raffles also raised money at the event. Muckle said more than $500 was raised before Saturday’s event. The Safeway Eastern Division operates stores in Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Delaware, and Genuardis in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
More than a dozen people gathered at the bowling alley just after 8:30 a.m. for a practice round before the event fully kicked off. Donning pink shirts, the bowlers took to the lanes, laughing and enjoying lighthearted conversations all while raising money for breast cancer research.
“It’s for a good cause,” said Sheffield Altice who came from Laurel, Md. for the event. “I came just for the cause.”
Muckle, an avid bowler, said he is glad he could find a way for people to not only have fun, but to do something beneficial while doing it. He said he is hopeful the event will make an impact.
“At the end of the day, it’s about raising money for this cause,” he said.