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Bridge to celebrate 8th annual Bowl-A-Rama

Helping organize the Bowl-A-Rama are, front, from left, AJ Zevenbergen, Joey Bruhn and Cody Anderson; back, Matt Drewiske, Josh Bair, Knights of Columbus Dan Schwab, Chris Michaelson and Jim Michaelson, Bridge director Peg Gagnon, KofC John Knutson and Jordan Adam. Submitted photo.

On Saturday, April 19, Bridge for Youth and Adults with Disabilities will celebrate its annual Bowl-A-Rama fundraiser at Hudson Bowling Center in Plaza 94. The Hudson Knights of Columbus will continue as anchor sponsor for the event.

Over the past eight years, Bowl-A-Rama has raised well over $100,000, with proceeds supporting ongoing Bridge programs that allow youth and adults with disabilities to participate in recreational activities, receive year-round day-services, find employment and socialize with friends.

According to Bridge Executive Director Peg Gagnon, the greater river valley community plays a central role in the annual Bridge bowling party. “Bridge families, educators, area businesspeople and others make this day memorable every year for the many youth  and adult bowlers with disabilities at the heart of Bowl-A-Rama. Bridge wants individuals with disabilities to be seen as community assets and become welcome, productive and engaged citizens in the community. Bowl-A-Rama and the people who support it are important to that vision and validate the remarkable efforts of our citizens with disabilities to model hard work, perseverance and joy.”

Bridge began with Claiborn House on Second Street in Hudson, its partnership with Hudson Schools where high school students with special needs learn the skills they will need to one day live on their own. After operating for its first four years out of First Presbyterian Church on Vine Street, Bridge moved to a larger location on Brakke Drive in Hudson where they were able to offer their services to four times as many families as they could at the church. Bridge opened a job placement program in an office near downtown Hudson two years ago, where they work with local businesses to place clients into meaningful work settings.

“Hudson and the surrounding communities are seen as models for how we bring individuals with disabilities into our everyday lives,” said George Zaske, chairman of the Bridge board of directors. “Bowl-A-Rama has played a role in that success, by drawing the community together for a day of bowling, music and celebration, where our friends with disabilities are the center of attention.”

Businesses and organizations that sponsor Bowl-A-Rama will be recognized at the event for their leadership and citizenship. Individuals can sponsor Bridge bowlers. To participate as a supporting sponsor, make a pledge or to donate a door prize, contact Gagnon at (715) 381-8230 or visit Donations are tax deductible.