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JA Bowled Over by Bowl-a-thon

We’re speechless. Humbled. Excited. Floored. But most of all, so grateful!

1920028_10151955275501500_896202866_n1932265_10151955548641500_1982285496_nWells Fargo TeamsThis year’s JA Bowl-a-thon was truly our biggest and best ever. Over 1,500 amazing individuals from corporations, organizations, clubs, and groups all across our area came together and raised (drum roll please)… over $101,000 dollars! Compare that to last year’s total of $77,000, and you understand why we’re so blown away by what YOU were able to accomplish.

We had 280 teams bowl this year, up from 202 last year! Much of that growth is thanks to the first-time participation of Lincoln Public Schools Administrators. With Mary Kay Roth coordinating and the support of Dr. Steve Joel, they were able to field 25 teams (the most of any organization!) and raise $9,019! Pretty darn impressive for any organization, let alone a first-time participant!

A huge thank you also goes to Nelnet, which had the highest pledge total of any company in our bowl-a-thon history! Their 23 teams raised a whopping $15,000 in pledges! Two of their teams (“Friggin Ten Pin” and “I Can’t believe it’s not Gutter”) each raised nearly $3,000 in online pledges! Their awesome company coordinator was Angela Aden.

Several other companies also put up some very impressive numbers. National Research Corporation, under the coordination of Denise Todd and Alicia Jordan, brought 24 teams. Thanks to Bethany Barber, Lincoln Electric System was represented by 22 teams. Lincoln Industries had 16 teams, with Candiss Kleen coordinating. All 50 company coordinators made a major difference, but these ladies really stood out from the crowd!

Major kudos also go out to our top individual fundraisers! The top honor goes to Steve Lane of IMSCORP, who raised $2,405. Mike Zinniel of Nelnet was highest in online fundraising with a total of more than $2,000. We had three bowlers raise over $500, four bowlers raise over $300, 26 bowlers raise over $150, and 88 bowlers raise over $75. Thank you all for your efforts!

Everyone’s top priority is always raising money to help our students, but there are bragging rights on the line too! Congratulations to our top scorers!

High Game 1st Place (Male)

Kevin Newton, 286, Fazoli’s

High Game 2nd Place (Male)

Ken Morton, 278, Wells Fargo

High Series 1st Place (Male)

Kevin Newton, 554, Fazoli’s

High Series 2nd Place (Male)

Justin Freeby, 553, Assurity

High Game 1st Place (Female)

Lamona Gomez, 260, Sysco

High Game 2nd Place (Female)

Lisa Hale, 256, Lincoln Electric System

High Series 1st Place (Female)

Lamona Gomez, 461, Sysco

High Series 2nd Place (Female)

Shannon Cornell, 446, LPS

Team High Series 1st Place

B&R Stores, 2052

Team High Series 2nd Place

Gutterball Gators, 2037, LPS

Greek Team Trophy 1st place

Delta Zeta Greek Chapter

For the first time ever, we also gave out Industry Awards for our top fundraisers! Extra bragging rights go to:


Bison, Inc.




Lincoln Electric System


Lincoln Public Schools Administrators



Of course, the whole wonderful event is only possible because of the generosity of our sponsors! Each and every one of these businesses and organizations makes a difference in our community– so if you get a chance, tell them that you appreciate their supporting Junior Achievement!

Shirt Sponsors
Lane Sponsors
Rewards Donors
Door Prize Sponsors

What else can we say, other than THANK YOU? We’re so grateful to live and work in a community that cares so deeply about helping its young people succeed, and is willing to invest its time and money into making that happen!

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