Co-op Bowls for CharityBy Victoria A. Rocha | ECT Staff Writer Published: April 6th, 2010
The event might have been short on strikes and spares, but an Ohio co-op helped a local charity raise thousands of dollars for programs benefitting at-risk youth and families.
The Energy Cooperative, Newark, raised the most money among companies during Bowl for Kids, the 25th annual fundraiser for Big Brothers, Big Sisters, which attracted nearly 500 bowlers. The co-op raised more than $5,900, and, overall, the Newark, Ohio, charity netted more than $67,000.
The co-op has long supported organizations where its employees volunteer, said Brad Byrd, director of marketing and public relations. And this year’s Bowl for Kids was no exception. Connie Hogue, the human resources director, has served on the Big Brothers, Big Sisters board for several years, and the co-op has participated in the annual fundraiser for more than 10 years.
“We take Cooperative Principle No. 7 to heart,” said Byrd, referring to the seventh principle, Concern for Community. “It’s not about the scoring, but it’s about getting the pledges and giving the donations to the organization.”
While Byrd admitted that he’s bowled better games, he fared better elsewhere: He raised $2,330, the most money among co-op employees and a record for on-line donations. Other top fundraisers at the co-op were Greg Mason, NGO exploration manager, and Bob Herron, NGOP operations manager.