POLLOCK PINES - CAMINO Rotarians, Carol Abbanat, left and Margaret Birge, right, bowl for Strikes For Scholarships, raising money for scholarships for graduating seniors open to residents of El Dorado County at Knotty Pines Lanes in Pollock Pines on Mar 12. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene


The community is the tourney winner

By From page B2 | April 08, 2013

What: Strikes for Scholarships

Who: Pollock Pines-Camino Rotary Club

Where: Knotty Pines Lanes, 2667 Sander Drive, Pollock Pines

When: Saturday, April 20. Two sessions at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Registration: $125 for four-person team

Information: Call 530-903-8039 or visit

Turkeys, spares and splits will all count at the Strikes for Scholarships bowling benefit in Pollock Pines on Saturday, April 20.

The tournament, sponsored by the Pollock Pines-Camino Rotary Club, will raise funds for scholarships, the Rotary’s annual music and speech contest and Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, making the community the big winner, according to Margaret Birge, event chairwoman.

The  second annual event will take place at Knotty Pines Lanes, 2667 Sanders Drive in Pollock Pines.

There will be two rounds — one at 10 a.m. and the second at 1 p.m. — with room for a total of 48 teams of four to participate.

The success of last year’s Strikes for Scholarships generated the impetus for another tourney.

Last year the 14-member Rotary Club came up with the idea of a bowling tournament according to Birge.

“It turned out to be a real great fundraiser for us. Everything that we made we sent right back out into our community,” Birge said.

Teaming up with Ed and Judy Dayton, owners of Knotty Pines Lanes, was an important part of making Strikes for Scholarships, “a real good fundraiser,” Birge said.

The tournament is open to everyone and all skill levels.

“It’s competitive, but we don’t have a bunch of pro bowlers doing this,” Birge said. “Just a lot of people out there having fun. It’s more for fun and raising money for a good cause.”

Registration is $125 per team. Each bowler will roll three games. The fee includes shoes and a lunch of chips, soda and water provided by Rainbow Orchards.

To raise more money for the community a raffle is being organized and sponsorships are requested, Birge said.

Each member from the winning team receives an engraved mug and the sponsor gets a trophy engraved with the team names. The winner will be announced around 3:30 p.m. during a short reception at the bowling alley, Birge said.

The team that won last year’s Strikes for Scholarships was sponsored by Absolute Auto Glass in Placerville. Shon O’Neil, owner of the business, has the trophy sitting in his business.

“I’m involved in the community,” non-bowler O’Neil said. “It’s a good charity fundraiser for our community.”

To sign-up for Strikes for Scholarships, to be a sponsor or to get more information call 530-903-8039 or visit

Mike Bush

Mike Bush has been a Staff Writer at the Mountain Democrat since August 2011. Follow him on Twitter @MBushMtDemo
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