Minn. State USBC Association
27672 213th St
Pierz, MN 56364
Just because your State Association and the majority of the locals have merged does not mean that the charity work we have supported in the past has gone away, quite the contrary. We would like to build a stronger charity network amongst our membership and we need your help.
As a matter of procedure all contributions directed to the state from the local associations will receive a thank you recognizing your donations. All local contributions will be recognized at the Annual Meeting each year. In addition, as contributions are forwarded on to BVL and Cancer Research in August of each year a detailed listing of contributions received from the local association will be included, thus appropriate recognition will be given where it is due.
Fundraising activities for the above charities can be as elaborate as you want (bowling tournaments, raffles, etc) or as simple as a free will donation from league bowlers and the public. Whatever you choose to do your efforts will be greatly appreciated.
Minnesota Cancer Research fundraisers are held by bowlers all across Minnesota. 100% of those dollars raised are sent to Cancer Research centers within Minnesota on behalf of the Minnesota State USBC members for Cancer Research. If your association has raised money for Cancer & Cancer Research please a check to Minnesota State USBC, Cancer Research in the memo line.
The "Bowler's to Veterans Link" is a national non-profit charity supporting America's neediest veterans. BVL was founded in 1942 by a group of caring and concerned bowlers who promised "We will not forget about the sacrifices made by America's service men and women."
Since BVL's inception the nation's bowlers have raised over $33 million, all of which has been contributed to enhance the quality of life for veterans in a variety of settings – at VA Hospitals, Vet Centers, and Veterans State Homes. Minnesota bowlers actively support BVL, and last season contributed $2,500.00. Five Veterans' nursing homes located in Minnesota (Fergus Falls, Hastings, Luverne, Minneapolis and Silver Bay) each received $500.00 The homes were contacted to determine specific needs of the Vets. Here are a few examples of how the money is now being used:
Electric Lift recliners; wheel chairs; walkers; veterans fishing trips; artificial putting green.
In addition $1,000 was sent to the VA Hospital at St. Cloud...to replenish their canteen fund (Vets are given money for coffee and other items available in vending machines); and to help support the Veterans' Day ceremonies (luncheon) held each November 11th at the Hospital. Each year that celebration of America's Veterans is an emotional and wonderful experience.
Because of the generosity of Minnesota's bowlers, this past season we were also able to give $100 to the National BVL organization.
Local Associations should send their donations, large and small, to our State office. Make you check out to the Minnesota State USBC. In the memo line list BVL. Your contributions are needed now, more than ever, at this critical time for our nation's Veterans.