Best Bets: Bowling for the Battle strikes the pins this Saturday at Echo Lanes
Published 10:53 am Thursday, March 2, 2017
Doreen Gillard might not have known what she was getting into when she threw a challenge at her nephew.
Last summer, she heard her nephew, John Lukes, was raising a hog to be shown at the Freeborn County Fair. If he sold the hog during the Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction, he would give 10 percent of his profit to charity.
So, Gillard said she would match whatever 10 percent he raised, if he gave it to the Bowling for the Battle event that takes place from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Echo Lanes.
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Doreen had good reason. As the wife of Tom Gillard, who helped found the event, she knew that donations to cancer research made a difference. And Tom had been fighting prostate cancer for six years.
Tom and others founded the Bowling for the Battle — A Fight Against Prostate Cancer fundraiser six years ago and the community, friends and family have all stepped up to donate. Last year, over $36,000 was raised and the lanes were filled with 128 bowlers. During the event, live and silent auctions, raffles and drawings are also held. Sponsored by Farmers Insurance, funds are also augmented by Reichel Foods, who donates $7,500.
So — how much did Doreen have to match? Well, the hog her 14-year-old nephew raised did pretty darn well at the fair. He sold the animal for $5,000 at the auction. His cut of the profit was $4,000 — so he gave $400 to Saturday’s fundraiser.
And, so did Doreen. Gladly.
For more information or to donate, call Tom (507-433-5006), Jim (507-433-9696) or Pat (507-331-9500).
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