Thank you, everyone, for a successful Bowl-a-Thon!

Thank you!!! We did it!!!

Thank you to our sponsors, Team Captains, Bowlers and Volunteers!

NAMI Fox Valley’s first-ever Bowl-a-Thon, held Saturday, Oct. 5,  at the Super Bowl in Appleton was a rousing success and a whole lot of fun! We surpassed our $75,000 fundraising goal and are at $79,000 and still counting. We will continue to collect funds through the first week of November.

All told, 42 bowling teams, about 400 bowlers, two dozen sponsors and nearly 60 volunteers helped us raise funds, raise awareness and put on this amazing, family-friendly event for our community.

We would like to extend a special thank you to Walgreens, for being an event sponsor, supporter, and partner with NAMI Fox Valley! Throughout the month of September, a dozen local Walgreens stores raised funds for NAMI Fox Valley with a Strike Out Stigma bowling pin scannable. Walgreens manager Ron Hoffmeyer organized the fundraiser, where customers at the participating Walgreens stores were invited to purchase a paper bowling pin at each register for $1, $5 or $10 as a donation to NAMI Fox Valley.

Ron rocked the mic the day of the Bowl-a-Thon, serving as our event emcee. Ron also organized a large bowling team, and donated two large Walgreens gift baskets to the event’s Baskets of Hope silent auction/raffle. Walgreens also donated 5-by-7 photographs of the bowling teams to all the bowlers the day of the Bowl-a-Thon! Thank you Ron and Walgreens for all your support and helping make the event such a special day!

We’d also like to express our gratitude to 91.1 The Avenue and News Talk 1150 WHBY for their support. NAMI Fox Valley was the proud recipient of a Community Impact Grant from 91.1 The Ave., which included a public service announcement that was aired during the weeks leading up to the Bowl-a-Thon! Thank you, 91.1 The Ave., for helping us promote the event and expand our reach in the community.

News Talk 1150 WHBY, meanwhile, gave us lots of air time when NAMI Fox Valley’s own Karen Schiller was a guest at the station twice recently to discuss mental illness, NAMI Fox Valley’s mission and work in the community, as well as promote the Bowl-a-Thon.

Nearly 60 volunteers helped us put on the Bowl-a-Thon! Thanks, everyone, for all your hard work. From setup, registration, preparing snacks, sharing information about NAMI, taking event photos, cleanup and so much more, we couldn’t have put on the Bowl-a-Thon without our volunteers!

Thank you to all our Bowl-a-Thon sponsors for helping us meet and exceed our fundraising goal! Thank you for supporting us, believing in our mission, and joining us to improve the lives and empower those affected by mental illness!