St. Baldrick's Fundraiser Was The Best Yet
Last updated 6/14/2021 at 9:54pm
The fifth annual St. Baldrick's fundraiser at Rockin' Bowl on the Rosman Highway last week was the most successful bowling event yet.
"So far, we have raised over $7,300, of which $6,300 is from the bowling tournament," said event organizer Barbara Ritchey.
Although St. Baldricks normally focuses on head shaving events, bowling has become the premier fund-raising source.
One beard (Nathan Milazzo) and two heads – Kevin Smith (four-year shavee) and Terry White (10-year shavee) – were shaved this year.
Rockin' Bowl donated the entire venue to St. Baldricks for that Thursday evening, with a packed house.
Later in the evening, Matt Brown won a 9-ball pool tournament and donated the winnings to St. Baldricks.
There was a raffle of over $1,500 worth of prizes donated by local businesses. Sandy McCosh, the emcee of the evening, spun free music and provided a backdrop for karaoke.
"Charlie's Tire Center won the 1st place trophy, ending a long streak of 2nd place finishes, and Cardinal Drive-in won 2nd place honors; the much sought after bowling trophies will be proudly displayed for the next 12 months in these businesses," said Ritchey. "We sold over 700 raffle tickets, and folks left with prizes donated by: O.P. Taylors, Rockin' Bowl, Rosa Lance (Arbonne consultant), Dugan's Pub, Starbucks, Jet's Pizza, Rusty Spur Trail Rides, Alleman Law Firm, Blue Ridge Bakery, the Grateful Dog, 12Bones BBQ, Headwaters Outfitters, Kilwins, Downtown Chocolates, and New Peco."
The following bus-inesses/individuals donated over $100 to bowl and/or sponsor lanes: Rotary of Brevard, Jack Bolick, Ecusta Brewing, Water Oak Dental, New Peco, Charlie's Tire Center, Cardinal Drive-in, Starbucks employees, Brevard Police Department, Transylvania County Sheriff's Office, Egolf Motors, the Hub/Pisgah Tavern, Sycamore Cycles, Dabbler Graphics, McNeely Companies, Marianna and Billy Clarke, East Coast Tags, Matt Brown, Dugan's Pub, Hooper Insurance Agency and Carpet & More.
Ritchey gave a "special shout out" to Lake Toxaway Charities, which awarded a $750 grant to the fundraiser to offset costs of the banners and the bowling.
Some of the volunteers included Jill Stouffer, Lee Hines, Mike Meade and barber Katelyn English, Ritchey said.
It was English's fifth year in a row to donate her time shaving heads for the event.
"After 192 games, 68 pairs of shoes, 5 hours of music, and 20 pool matches, I am exhausted and thrilled, and looking forward to 2022," said Ritchey.
For more information and to make donations, go to http://www.stbaldricks.org /events /transylvania2021