‘Holy mackerel!’

By Ellen Cooke


Family fun. Charitable giving. And a great chance to spend some ‘spare’ time bowling for a fantastic cause – ‘striking’ out illiteracy and educating inner city kids.

As they have for years, employees across New York laced up their bowling shoes to participate in this year’s Junior Achievement (JA) Bowl-A-Thon, a Power to Serve signature volunteer event that draws lots of employees, families and friends year after year. This year, about 325 employees raised $81,000 – counting bake sales, fundraisers and company match money. The goal, as always, is to help prepare young people/tomorrow’s workforce to succeed in a global economy.

Long Island team

Long Island team

“Holy mackerel,” said Doug York, long-time DNY event coordinator, about the region’s numbers (nearly 200 employees and $63k raised). “We haven’t seen those kinds of results in a long time, but we got more departments involved, with new people excited to raise money to help our local communities … and we exceeded our goal!”

Syracuse team member

Syracuse team member going for a strike

In Syracuse, teams like ‘Split Decision,’ ‘Split Happens’ and ‘Empire Strikes’ – some with fun, matching t-shirts – had a ‘ball’ with their families, friends and coworkers. It’s not so much about the bowling … “My high score was a 70!,” laughs Kym Spaeth. But she and co-event coordinator Dena Tadros agree that, “People can’t wait to come out and bowl. It’s one of our best events, with the most participants, every single year.”

Finance team

Finance team

Down in Massapequa, Long Island, enthusiastic bowlers included ‘The Finance Dream Team’Muhammed Atiq, Holly Chan, Jimmy Lee, Maria Lykos, Brian McNeill and Maria Petsche – who sold prize drawings, and held a ‘Guess the Candy in the Jar’ contest, pizza lunch and bake sale. And Power Plant Operations’ two teams (Northport and EF Barrett) ‘generated’ a record $6,600 with the corporate match, with special thanks to these fundraisers/team captains: Rolf Olsen, Kamona Ayres, Ron Brodman, Larry Klan, Sean Moore and Art Olsen.

JA-PPO-teamBowlers, upstate and down, also included these areas: Learning & Development, Gas Operations, Customer Meter Services (CMS) and Dispatching.

Find out more about Junior Achievement of NY. And stay tuned for a follow-up story with more JA Bowlathon feedback from people who helped make it happen and had a great time participating!


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