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Lions Club + Penrickton Center for Blind Children = bowling for two great causes

Ed Greenleaf, Jr. as a participant during the Lions Club charity event.
Kurt Sebaly, executive director of Penrickton Center for Blind Children and Lions Club member Norm Colby.

About 60 children and adults participated in the 6th Annual Lions Club Charity Bowl, which was a fundraiser for both the Chelsea Lions Club and the Penrickton Center for Blind Children.

The event was held on Saturday, Feb. 9 at Chelsea Lanes and Ed Greenleaf, Jr. a Lions Club member and owner of the lanes, said every year the event gets bigger.

“Everyone has a good time,” said Lions Club member Keith Bloomensaat, the chairman of the event.

Plus, the community donated more than $3,000 in merchandise and gift certificates for door prizes and raffle items.

Among the special raffle items was an Aura Bowling ball that was won by Corey McKenna, a junior at Chelsea High School and member of the bowling team.

There was a 50/50, pizza and pop and, of course, lots of bowling during which teams paid $35 to register and bowled four games.

There were also fun games that included bowling with the other hand, or rolling the ball between your legs with your back to the pins.

One of the younger bowlers at the charity event.

Each team had two bowlers, one under 18 years old and the other, over 18 years old.

“The Chelsea Lions Club does so much for the community,” Greenleaf said. “This is a great event.”

And even he was able to participate.

Greenleaf said he’d been in the Lions Club for three years and “it opened up a new support club to me as well as another way to give back to the community that’s supported me and my business over the years.”

He said the club does a great job helping others but could use “some young people to keep its mission alive for years and years to come. New members are always welcome,” he said.

The event also supported the Penrickton Center for Blind Children, which is a private, non-profit, five day residential and day care agency in Taylor, which serves blind children ages 1-12 years who also have another disability said Kurt M. Sebaly, executive director.

No fees are charged to the families and all financial support is raised from individuals, service clubs, corporations and foundations, according to information on the center.

Most of the children stay at the center throughout the week and go home to their families on weekends and holidays.

The center specializes in treating blind children with at least one additional handicap such as deafness, cerebral palsy, brain damage and developmental delay.

For more information about the center, click here.

Bowling for a good cause.
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