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Thank You for an Amazing Bowl-a-thon!

And that’s a wrap! After months of planning and preparation, JA of Lincoln’s biggest fundraiser of the year is in the books… and it was a huge success! Thanks to 52 company coordinators, 341 teams (a new record!), nearly 1,900 bowlers, a fantastic group of volunteers, and some truly amazing sponsors, the annual JA of Lincoln Bowl-a-thon raised over $110,000 in net revenue to benefit our students. All we can say is “WOW!” Well, that and “THANK YOU!”

While each and every bowler made an impact, there were a few that stood out from the crowd. Topping the awesomeness was Steve Lane from Bison, Inc., who out-fundraised everyone else with an impressive $2,745 in pledges! Mike Zinniel from Nelnet was not far behind with $2,000 raised.

On the team fundraising front, the leaders of the pack were the members of the Nelnet team “Friggin Ten Pin,” who raised a combined total of $2,305.00 on their online fundraising page.

Speaking of impressive teams, we also wanted to mention the 31 (!) teams from NRC Health! All told, they raised a combined $8,737 in pledges. That’s an organization truly investing in the community!

Industry Awards were given to the teams with the highest fundraising totals from each industry represented, and they also deserve a standing ovation!


Lincoln Industries, $5,629 raised


LES, $7,138 raised


NRC Health, $8,737 raised


Sysco, $5,949 raised


Lincoln Public Schools, $8,509 raised


Nelnet, $8,843.26 raised

Among all the fun and fundraising, there was an actual bowling tournament going on! Along with plaques provided by Rixstine Recognition, these bowlers will receive serious bragging rights. Congratulations to all the winners!

Women’s High Game

1) Laura Kerkman, 290, NRC Health

2) Hali Clark, 276, NRC Health

Women’s High Series

1) Hali Clark, 542, NRC Health

2) Emily Unger, 506, Nelnet

Men’s High Game – tie!

1) Robb Pokorny, 278, Nelnet

1) Scott Boltz, 278, Schneider Electric

2) Austin Reece, 277, Zeta Psi Fraternity

Men’s High Series

1) Dave Smith, 528, Bison Inc.

2) Mike Cigelman, 512, NRC Health

Team High Series

1) Joel-a-thon, 2609, NRC Health

2) No F-in Strike, 2246, NRC Health

LPS Top Team

1) Wild Hogs, 1837

Of course, we need to send out a HUGE thank you to the wonderful sponsors who made the day possible. These are corporations and organizations who are truly making a difference, and we hope they know just how appreciated they are! Thank you to the Lincoln USBC Bowling Association for their continued Bowl-A-Thon sponsorship. This year’s lane and shirt sponsors are Amigos/King’s Classic, ARTF/X Screenprinting & Embroidery, BB Roofing, LLC, Bison, Inc., Black Hills Energy, Bryan Health, Doane College, Farm Bureau Financial Services, Garner Industries, Harry A. Koch Company, Legacy Retirement Communities, Lincoln Electric System, Lincoln Federal Savings Bank, Lincoln Industries, Molex, Nature’s Variety, Nelnet, Pinnacle Bank, Runza National, Schneider Electric, Sun Tan City, T.O. Haas Tire Co., TMCO, Inc., U.S. Bank, Whitehead Inc. U-Stop Stores, and Windstream.

We also want to mention Parkway Lanes, Hollywood Bowl and Sun Valley Lanes for being such great hosts!

See what we mean by WOW? When this many people and organizations join forces to support our students, amazing things happen. Bowlers, volunteers, board members, sponsors, donors, company coordinators… the list is inspiring. Thank you all for standing with us to build a better future, one classroom at a time!

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