Bowling fundraiser will help Meridian residents in financial crisis

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By Madeline Carino
Meridian Times staff writer

On Saturday, March 29, from 2-5 p.m. City Limits East Bowling Center will host “Strike Out for a Cause” to raise money for the Community Resources Commission (CRC) Emergency Needs Fund.

Proceeds will assist Meridian residents in financial crisis. Most of the CRC funds assist the evicted or have had their utilities shut off, but they are also used for medication, food and bus passes. Over 90 percent assisted are seniors, families and disabled individuals.

“Each household has different circumstances, from a medical crisis to job loss to fleeing domestic violence, that are mitigating factors in their crisis,” said Human Services Specialist Darla Jackson. “(To) the best of our ability, we try to help resolve the immediate crisis and address the underlying causes.”

The CRC’s annual GolfFest, held in August, normally raises enough money for the year. But due to a higher demand for emergency assistance, the CRC Emergency Needs Fund is lower than usual. To replenish funds, the CRC decided to hold the additional “Strike Out for a Cause” fundraiser.

“It’s a great opportunity to help showcase the local business, as well as (raise) funds to help people in the area who are struggling,” said Jackson.

Bowling passes cost $18 per person, which allows individuals to bowl for 3 hours.

City Limits East is a popular destination for fundraisers. Manager Julia Dannings said the bowling alley has hosted at least one fundraiser a week for the past 2 months. Other organizations that use this venue include Spartans for the Cure and Give-A-Kid Projects.

Tim Currin was the chairman for the Give-A-Kid Projects’ bowling tournament at the beginning of March. City Limits helped raised more than $3,000.

“The gang there at City Limits treated us really well. It was organized, well ran and I just can’t say enough about them. It was really amazing,” said Currin.

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