By Robert Herrington
With each pin knocked down, bowlers were raising money to help provide nutritional meals to Hamilton County residents during the 13th Annual “Strike Out Hunger” Bowl-A-Thon. The Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County event was held Aug. 18 at Coopers Stardust Bowl, 845 Westfield Rd., Noblesville.
Executive Director Beth Gehlhausen said the event raised $12,000 – twice as much as last year’s bowl-a-thon.
“That’s pretty good for this event,” she said. “We had better attendance this year.”
Top bowlers were Rich Hamilton and JoEtta Sanich. Twenty-six teams participated in the event and Harbour Manner/The Lodge won with a top score of 2,568 and Sheridan Rehab came in second with a score of 2,399.
“The two are almost rivals. The traveling trophy has gone back and forth for a couple of years,” Gehlhausen said.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Sponsor-A-Senior Program which provides financial assistance to those who otherwise would not be able to receive a nutritious meal. Meal service focuses on reducing hunger, improving health, and promoting independence in Hamilton County.
“It’s essential we have events such as this to meet the needs of our community,” Gehlhausen said.
Gehlhausen said MOWHC provided 55,000 meals to 372 people in 2012. She said those numbers are on track for the first half of 2013 as approximately 27,000 meals have been provided to 183 people a month.
Gehlhausen said 60 percent of MOWHC clients fully pay for their meals, which cost $6. Delivered by volunteers Monday through Friday, hot meals include a vegetable, fruit, starch, protein, desert and beverage. A second “sandwich meal” also is available.
For more information on becoming a Meals on Wheels client or volunteering, call 776-7159 or visit www.mealsonwheelshc.org.