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Parties to the imminent bowling party include, from left, Community Credit Union manager Gary Corey, employee Terri McKillop, Maggie’s Place nutrition coordinator Donna Farrell, volunteer Lisa Hawkes, Bridge employee Robert Babineau, credit union CEO Darrell Kuhn and the Bridge’s executive director, Susan Thibodeau.
AMHERST – Susan Thibodeau isn’t above talking a little smack.
“We’ll bowl against anybody,” said the executive director of the Bridge Adult Service Centre in Amherst.
The Bridge is entering three teams in the Community Credit Union’s third annual bowling fundraiser. Teams of up to six players pay $12 per person to participate in the April 6 event. Half of the money is given to the credit union to donate to the Bridge, Maggie’s Place and the Special Olympics. At a King Pin Bowling gathering to announce the upcoming event, credit union CEO Darrell Kuhn said his financial institution will match the money raised.
“We’ll be doing 50/50 draws,” said Terri McKillop – a credit union employee – as well as a silent auction.
The credit union employee said she wanted to send out a challenge to individuals, sports teams and companies to take part.
“Everybody had a blast last year,” she said.
McKillop said the total donation last year was $2,600.
Lisa Hawkes, a volunteer with Maggie’s Place, thinks the event is a fun way to raise money.
“A lot of people like bowling,” she said.
The credit union has a new manager, Gary Corey. He’s commuting from Fredericton until the end of the school year, when he’ll relocate to Amherst. But April 6 is an exception.
“I’m going to stay in town,” he said.
The CEO, Kuhn, wasn’t asked if he’ll be at the event, but his bowling skills are a bit rusty regardless.
“Oh man, it’s been probably 10 years,” he said.
Kuhn said the credit union tries to engage the community to contribute to worthy causes. Someone needs to take a leadership role, he said.
“Hopefully more and more will do that,” said Kuhn.
Robert Babineau, a Bridge employee, was on-hand to talk about the event.
“Yes, I do,” said the young man, when asked if he likes bowling.
Babineau might have some skills, too; he plays every week. Organizers will be hoping there are lots of teams at King Pin in April to put him (and Thibodeau’s confidence!) to the test.