The 9th annual Kids' Future Bowl-a-Thon, sponsored by A & P Master Images, raised $11,000 to directly benefit the children at The House of the Good Shepherd. The event was held on Friday, April 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Pin-O-Rama Lanes in Utica.
Howard Potter, CEO of A & P Master Images, feels the Bowl-a-Thon is a much-anticipated and enjoyed community event.
"The Kid's Future Bowl-a-Thon is more than an event to help raise money for a great cause; it brings everyone together for a fun night out."
For nine years, The Bowl-a-Thon has helped the children at The House of the Good Shepherd by raising funds to purchase school books, holiday gifts, duffle bags, bowling passes, art supplies, music instruments, computers, trips and other recreational activities. Local businesses and families came out for the event to spend an evening bowling while enjoying entertainment like a photo booth, raffles, and a DJ.
The House of the Good Shepherd is a regional provider of treatment services for 770 children and families in need annually. The House operates on 12 sites and offers an increasing number of community-based services.
Many thanks to Howard and Amanda Potter of A & P Master Images for their dedication and support AND for raising $11,000 at this year's event! WOW!
A Message from Howard:
"Many of you know my story, and how I lived at The House of the Good Shepherd from the age of 11 until I was 18 years old. The House was a foundation for me to get my life together and figure out what I wanted to achieve. Without that, God only knows where I would be today. When I arrived all of my belongings were in a garbage bag, and I moved around a lot... so, now we buy the kids duffle bags. This way they can take pride in ownership of having nicer bags to pack their clothes in when moving. It is the little things that can make the world of difference."