Eighteen PBA Tour stars will participate in a “Strike Out Child Hunger” fundraiser as part of the PBA’s visit to Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, April 9-16.
The 2nd annual “Bowling for a Cause” pro-am event, which is being held in cooperation with a number of Portland area restaurants, will take place on Sunday, April 9 at 6 p.m., following the official practice session for the MaineQuarterly.com Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship.
The pro-am will involve 18 teams bowling with PBA stars. Each team will be sponsored by a Portland-area restaurant for a minimum contribution of $1,000 per team. Last year’s inaugural event raised more than $10,000 to help combat childhood hunger issues in Maine. This year — with donations of food, $25 admission fees for spectators and other contributions — Child Hunger pro-am founder and Bayside Bowl co-owner, Justin Alfond, said the goal is to raise more than $20,000.
Players participating include D.J. Archer, Dom Barrett, Josh Blanchard, Parker Bohn III, Jakob Butturff, Ryan Ciminelli, Martin Larsen, Chris Loschetter, Danielle McEwan, Rhino Page, Sean Rash, Ronnie Russell, Anthony Simonsen, Tom Smallwood, Bryon Smith, John Szczerbinski, Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Dave Wodka.
Money raised during the pro-am will support Full Plates Full Potential, a non-profit organization that works to connect children with the reliable, nutritious meals they need in order to thrive. If you can’t attend the event in person, but would like to support the effort, you can make a donation in the name of your favorite bowler (https://www.fullplates.org/pba) or you can donate in the name of one of Portland’s participating restaurants (https://www.fullplates.org/events/bowl).
Lots of star bowlers will be in town for the tournament doubleheader and special pro-am. Here’s the roster of teams for the Roth-Holman Doubles Championship:
Dick Allen and Zeke Bayt
D.J. Archer and Shawn Maldonado
Dom Barrett and Osku Palermaa
Josh Blanchard and Andres Gomez
Parker Bohn III and Jason Sterner
Andrew Cain and Jakob Butturff
Tom Daugherty and Craig Nidiffer
John Furey and Joe Paluszek
Liz Johnson and Danielle McEwan
Tommy Jones and Chris Barnes
Anthony Lavery-Spahr and Sam Cooley
Wes Malott and Norm Duke
B.J. Moore III and Matt O’Grady
Bill O’Neill and Jason Belmonte
Greg Ostrander and A.J. Johnson
Rhino Page and Bryon Smith
Stephen Pavlinko and Alex Cavagnaro
Sean Rash and Ryan Ciminelli
Ronnie Russell and Chris Loschetter
Anthony Simonsen and Connor Pickford
Brett Spangler and Graham Fach
Jesper Svensson and Kyle Troup
John Szczerbinski and Francois Lavoie
E.J. Tackett and Marshall Kent
Jon Van Hees and Matt McNiel
Pete Weber and Tim Mack
Stuart Williams and Martin Larsen
Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Tom Smallwood
Dave Wodka and Jason Couch
Dwight Adams and Jeff Evans
Joseph Ramsdall III and Sarah Pelletier
Bayside Bowl invitational team to be announced