The International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame has created of a new award to recognize an individual, institution or organization that recently made an extraordinary contribution to the Hall of Fame.

The first recipient is John Tierney, who received his award at Bowl Expo.

Tierney, a retired California bowling center proprietor, donated more than 400 items related to Helen Duval to the museum’s permanent collection. If not for Tierney’s efforts to secure this collection after Duval’s death, the items would have been lost to history.

“I’ve been fortunate to have been around bowling since the ’50s and to have met Helen Duval in the late ’70s,” said Tierney. “I wanted to preserve that history not only for Helen, but also for the hall of fame. I’m very appreciative to be the first recipient of this award, and I hope my actions will be motivation for other proprietors and people in bowling to do their part in preserving the great history of our sport.”

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