MAYVILLE - VFW Post 8647's sixth annual bowling tournament, held March 12 at Fountain Bowl in Jamestown, raised $6,100 for Hospice Chautauqua County. Over its history, the tournament has now raised more than $20,000 for the organization, which provides end-of-life care to the residents of Chautauqua County.
This year's event was the second held at Fountain Bowl, and 90 bowlers participated. Clara Dunbar, president of the VFW's ladies auxiliary, organized a Chinese auction and bake sale. Bill Larson, president of the men's auxiliary, expressed his sincere appreciation to all who helped make the event a success - including Jim Schultz and Dick Thomas, who sold 50-50 tickets, and Eileen Powers, who prepared food for the bowlers.
Maplevale Farms donated food for the event, and Chautauqua Suites Meeting and Expo Center donated a van and a driver to transport participants to and from the bowling alley.
Steve Edwards, left, and Bill Larson present a check in the amount of $6,100 to Ron Sellers, CEO of Hospice Chautauqua County.
For more than 30 years, Hospice Chautauqua County has provided end-of-life care to the residents of Chautauqua County, including 700 patients in the past year alone. Its experienced and professional team of physicians, registered nurses, social workers and spiritual care counselors work together with patients, their families and doctors to create an individualized plan of care that is designed to meet the specific needs and wishes of both the patient and the family.
Care is provided where people live - home, nursing home, assisted living facility or hospital.
The VFW is already looking forward to its seventh event next year and anticipates the continued support of the community, Larson said.