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Press Release – March 25, 2015
Bowl For a Cure Raises Over $34,000 for Susan G. Komen to Strike Out Breast Cancer
“A day of celebration” was a big success for Sheridan Lanes Bowl For A Cure Event.
(MILWAUKEE,WI) – On February 8, 2015, Kenosha-based Sheridan Lanes bowling alley hosted the 7th Annual Bowl For A Cure, where 24 teams helped raise $34,112 for Susan G. Komen Southeast Wisconsin, to bring the grand total of $252,727 raised since 2008 for breast cancer awareness and research.
Bowl For A Cure, which is sponsored by Cancer Treatment Centers of America, was started in 2008 to bring the Kenosha community together to honor those who have been touched by breast cancer and celebrate the strength of the community. Event Coordinator Katy Cobian and her family have been putting on this event for seven years. “Each year we are just blown away at the number of people who get involved and support Bowl For A Cure in their own special way,” says Cobian. When she lost her paternal grandmother to breast cancer before she had the chance to meet her, then witnessed a close family friend battle breast cancer in 2007, Cobian was struck with inspiration. “As I looked around at the amazing customer base at Sheridan Lanes I realized, ‘hey, we have an opportunity to activate this community for a really good cause. Let’s take one day a year a do something really special together,’” explains Cobian.
The annual community event had 60 lanes sponsors who generated $7,150 alone, along with a silent auction, raffle and t-shirt and accessories sale. “This event means a lot to our family and is probably one of our proudest accomplishments,” says Cobian. This year’s event helped Bowl For A Cure cross the $250,000 raised milestone, when the initial goal was just $10,000 in 2008. The funds were donated to Susan G. Komen Southeast Wisconsin, a partnership, Cobian explains, based on the local connection and the ability to make a positive impact in the Southeast Wisconsin community.
Cobian relates this event to “baker bowling,” a style of bowling where a team bowls one game together, with different bowlers taking turns for each frame. “Bowl for a Cure is that way. It is the team effort and the combination of so many unique efforts that come together to make such a big impact,” describes Cobian. “Everyone owns a piece of the story and a piece of the success. It is a celebration of our loved ones, those lost and those still fighting. We celebrate our families and friendships and we take a stand against a disease that has touched so many.”