Ability Bowl a big hit

Swift Current Mayor Denis Perrault and Karlson Orthner of the Cowtastic Wheelies get ready to kick off the first shift of bowling at the 32nd annual Ability Bowl, April 27.

In the Swift Current region, Ability Bowl is more than a day – it is a season!  Ability Bowl 2019, Rodeo Bowl, began with the Burns & McDonnell Pool Tournament, and then Hockey Day in Canada was roped into coming to SaskAbilities. The fun and games continued as the 50/50 of $5,715 was awarded to Arnold Groves and an equal amount to Rodeo Bowl. The annual Wing Night was a real wingding with many in attendance. Celebrate the 8 second ride for the rodeo-themed Ability Bowl event as $126,058 was raised    

On Saturday, April 27, the 32nd Annual Ability Bowl, was not this community’s first rodeo!  It was a sight for sore eyes when 43 teams bust out of the chute with over 1,500 pledges. Denim and western gear were the garb of the day for those rolling balls at the pins in their sights.  

Sponsorship, both cash and in-kind, donations of prizes from 140 community partners provided the stock for the day!  The value of the time so graciously given by our many volunteers was priceless.

“We are humbled by the giving nature of the Swift Current community and the people of Southwest Saskatchewan.” said Michelle Poirier, Community Relations Coordinator at SaskAbilities. “We are so thankful to everyone who contributed to the success of RodeoBowl. To the bowlers, sponsors, donors, volunteers and community members, the Swift Current Branch of SaskAbilities says thanks for the amazing support.”

To wrap up the day, bowlers, sponsors and volunteers enjoyed a feed of grub, awards and prizes, and kicked their heels up at the dance.   The grand prize winner raising $5,230, was Kerry Andres, who took home the

Calgary Stampede Package.

The remaining top 10 individual fundraisers were: 2. Dorothy Quebec, raising $4,795 , 3. Dwight Larter, raising $2,291 , 4. Avery Andres, raising $1,645 , 5. Karlson Orthner, raising $1,590, 6. Jarrod Schellenberg, raising $1,400, 7. Eric Molnar, raising $1,300, 8. Tayla Reynolds, raising $1,065, 9. Riley Wilson, raising $877, and 10. Aaron Matthews, raising $865.  

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