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The Bristol Press – Hundreds of bowls to support Imagine Nation and the development of local children


BRISTOL — Residents and businesses have come together for the fourth annual Bowling Pins, Pizza & Prizes Fun-Raiser in support of Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center.

With 22 lanes and approximately six bowlers per lane, the event had over 130 participants.

“We are very excited and this is the first time many families have been out of the house,” said Tamara Bross, CEO and President of the Boys and Girls Club. “Completing 22 lanes at Spare Time is awesome and seeing all the families and kids involved and how excited they are is wonderful.”

She said the acts for the event were to support Imagine Nation’s programming. Bross said the money will likely be used for the institution’s STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) education workshops. Imagine Nation is an interactive museum overseen by the Boys & Girls Club of Bristol. The Kindergarten for Children is inspired by Reggio Emilia’s approach to early childhood education.

“We love being here. We have a group of kids and we’re having fun and enjoying it,” said participant Matthew Roth.

Lisa Rehmer, the Boys & Girls Club’s human resources director, said the event drew good attendance and it was her first year of participation.

Cheryl Lindstrom, community outreach manager at Thomaston Savings Bank, said the company is always happy to come out and support the Boys & Girls Club.

“We can’t do enough for them and we can’t say enough about the good work they do for the young people in this community. They are committed to building strong leaders and responsible citizens,” she said. “I believe we have been involved in (fundraising) since its inception.”

Dr Marc Henderson, of Henderson and Goslee Dentistry, said he was enjoying the event although his bowling skills might not be where he wanted them to be.

“We love supporting Imagine Nation and have done so many times before,” Henderson said. “I support them because I was once a member of the Boys & Girls Club. It’s my way of giving back. I know a lot of parents here and their kids enjoy that kind of fun and relaxation and it’s a good thing for the community.

Arthur G. Russell Co. representative Gerald Mackie said all lanes were full and it was a nice thing to see.

“Arthur G. Russell is very happy to be a sponsor here today,” he said. “(The Boys & Girls Club) is a fixture and an extremely important part of this community.”

OM Keystone Association president John Mazzone said the real purpose of these types of fundraisers was to support the growth of children.

“It’s always about making sure their lives are better and even as the OM Keystone Association that’s why we’re part of it,” he said. “We are always there to financially support the club and our members always support the children by volunteering at events and working with the children. The two go hand in hand. We are delighted to see all the lanes filled.

The Boys & Girls Club of Bristol will host the band’s first ‘Paint the Future Gala’ scheduled for June 11 at Plantsville’s Aqua Turf Club and a golf outing scheduled for Tunxis Country Club on July 21.

Dean Wright can be reached at [email protected]

Published in The Bristol Press, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington Herald, Terryville, Bristol on Sunday, February 27, 2022 6:28 PM. Update: Sunday, February 27, 2022 6:30 p.m.