Well over a thousand people bowled in this year’s tournament, proving once again just how many individuals in our community stand behind JA of Lincoln and our mission. They bowled as teams of co-workers, friends, and families, all united in their support of Lincoln’s students and their future success.
And speaking of success… this year’s tournament also happened to be our most successful ever, raising more than $77,000! Thanks to the generosity and hard work of so many people, that total will allow us to spread our message of financial literacy and responsibility to more classrooms than ever before.
Of course, there were several individuals who bowled us over (pun intended!) with their generosity. There were the 57 company coordinators who recruited and organized the bowlers from their organizations. Standing above the rest was Connie White with National Research Corporation, who had 24 teams for the third year in a row! Those 24 teams raised more than $8,262 in pledges.
There were the 1,020 bowlers who did the work to raise the money, and then spent their day having fun on behalf of our kids. Amazingly, the same dedicated supporter came out on top – Connie White of National Research Corporation again raised the most in pledges this year with $3,640. Connie, we are so grateful for all your support! Coming in second was Steve Lane of IMSCORP with $2,433. There were four bowlers who raised over $500, three over $300, sixteen over $150 and 68 reaching the $75 level to earn rewards. Mike Zinniel with Nelnet was our top online fundraiser, bringing in $1,106.00 on his online fundraising page.
There were also the generous, community-minded sponsors who made it all possible. A big thank you to the Lincoln USBC Bowling Association, Allied Insurance/Nationwide, Ameritas Life Insurance Corp., Amigos/King’s Classic, Black Hills Energy, BryanLGH Medical Center, B&RStores- Supersaver, Celerion, Garner Industries, Harry A. Koch Company, IMSCORP, John Blumer Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, Legacy Retirement Communities, Lincoln Benefit Life, Lincoln Electric System, Lincoln Federal Savings Bank, Lincoln Industries, Molex, Nature’s Variety, Nebraska Book Company, Nelnet, Pinnacle Bank, Ray’s Lawn and Home Care, REAMS, Runza National, Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center, Schneider Electric, Sun Tan City, Sysco Lincoln, T.O. Haas Tire Co., TMCO, U.S. Bank, Whitehead Inc. U-Stop Stores, Windstream, and of course our wonderful host bowling alleys – Parkway Lanes, Hollywood Bowl and Sun Valley Lanes!
We’d also like to thank our Rewards and Prize Donors: Bison, Inc., Papa John’s, Rixstine Trophy Co., U-Stop Convenience Stores, 48 Bowl, Inc., Advantage Personnel, Ameritas Life Insurance Corp., Amigo’s/King’s Classic, Anytime Fitness, Applebee’s, Art F/X Screen Printing & Embroidery, Ashley Lynn’s Tanning, B & R Stores, SuperSaver, Black Hills Energy, Burger King/Horizon Foods, Buzzard Billy’s Armadillo Bar and Grillo, Celerion, daVinci’s, Holiday Inn Downtown, IMSCORP, Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches, Lazlo’s Brewery & Grill/Fireworks, Lexus of Lincoln, Mulligan’s, Mr. Goodcents, National Research Corporation, Odessey Travel, Parkway Lanes, Quick Nick’s/Walker Tire, Residence Inn, Marriott, Sun Tan City, Three Eagles Communications, U.S. Bank, Wal-Mart, Walgreens and Whitehead Oil/U-Stop Stores.
Congratulations to our top finishers
Women’s High Game
1st – Rachel McCaslin, 255, Nelnet
2nd (tie) – Molly Murphy, 239, National Research Corp.
and Christine Franks, 239, Veyance Technologies
Women’s High Series
1st – Christine Franks, 477, Veyance Technologies
2nd – Stacie Quast, 447, Cornhusker Bank
Men’s High Game
1st – Larry, 298, Northeast Sertoma Club
2nd – Eric Cruise, 287, KPMG
Men’s High Series
1st – Jeremiah Carlson, 553, Nelnet
2nd – Larry, 552, Northeast Sertoma Club
Team High Series
1st – Ray’s Lawn Care, 2,219
2nd – Veyance Technologies, 1,933
What can we say, other than THANK YOU? Thank you to all of our bowlers, company coordinators, volunteers, and sponsors. Thank you on behalf of the thousands of students all across Southeastern Nebraska who will have brighter futures thanks to your work and support. Thank you on behalf of our community, which will see decades of benefit as we build the better business leaders of tomorrow. Thank you for your support, generosity, and dedication. Thank you for helping us build a better tomorrow!