EL CENTRO — Strikes and turkeys, pizza and pins had been flying about Strikezone in El Centro because the Imperial County Affiliation of REALTORS® held their annual bowling fundraiser for an area nonprofit charity, with proceeds from the July 23 “Bowling for Autism” event going to Calipatria and El Centro’s Finest STEP Ahead.
Over 130 individuals participated, with all 36 Strikezone bowling lanes stuffed with groups of 4 or extra individuals, and all lanes being sponsored for the occasion, mentioned occasion coordinator and ICAOR government assistant, Jessica Banuelos.
The “Bowling for Autism” occasion marked ICAOR’s eighth annual charity-fundraiser occasion, often held in the summertime, Banuelos mentioned.
“We really feel that Finest STEP Ahead assist our Valley-wide neighborhood and are effectively deserved of this donation and recognition,” in line with an ICAOR launch.
“The Imperial County Affiliation of REALTORS® would love the communities of the Imperial Valley to know that the Affiliation helps the Imperial Valley, not solely to assist with all of your actual property wants, but in addition to make this County an awesome place to name house, work, and lift a household,” the discharge reads.
“We simply all the time discover a method to give again and make it enjoyable for our members that donate and take part,” Banuelos mentioned, “and we prefer to hold it open to the general public as effectively.”
Banuelos mentioned ICAOR selects the charity they may maintain their fundraisers for by an interview course of, and chooses the recipient by “who catches our eye and who wants it extra.”
“It’s overwhelming in probably the most optimistic of the way,” Finest STEP Ahead CEO, Jacqueline “Jackie” Riddell, mentioned.
“The entire function of Finest STEP Ahead is the children, the mission is the children,” Riddell mentioned, “so watching them with their associates, collaborating, having a lot enjoyable, and celebrating their variations…that is what it is all about, so it is emotional for me.”
“I’m virtually in disbelief to see the quantity of those who participated in the present day, and that could not’ve occurred with out the assist of the Imperial County Affiliation of REALTORS,” she mentioned.
Riddell additionally thanked all of the occasion members who “took day trip of their Saturday to take part in an occasion that not solely brings consciousness but in addition pushes acceptance,” she mentioned.
“Our inspiration behind every little thing we do is our youngsters,” Riddell mentioned.
The members discovered the occasion a combination a great way to assist Finest STEP’s trigger, enjoyable, and usually, a feel-good fest.
“It was actually enjoyable,” mentioned Gracie Baker of Crew “The Village,” representing the Imperial County Division of Social Providers.
“I used to be nervous as a result of I hadn’t been bowling shortly, however something to assist a superb trigger and the kids in the neighborhood is all the time going to get me out right here,” Baker mentioned. “(My recreation) was first rate. I needed to pitch in for a member that could not make it so I used to be doing double responsibility, so I am exhausted (however) I did higher than anticipated.”
Baker referred to as the fundraising occasion “an awesome thought” as a method to carry the Imperial Valley communities collectively “to assist these applications which might be right here the assistance households and youngsters.”
Edgar Cardiel of Crew Sundown Males’s Barbershop agreed.
“You get to be round different individuals which might be supporting the identical factor, children with autism, and it is simply actually enjoyable to be right here having fun with ourselves bowling,” he mentioned.
El Centro’s Orange Coast Title Firm took first place within the bowling event with a complete group rating of 2337. Chicago Title Insurance coverage Firm got here in second place. “Worst Bowler” awards had been additionally given to people with the bottom scores of the 2 and a half hour event.
“I feel we’re doing good (within the event) however I do not assume we’re right here for the competitors,” Cardiel mentioned. “We’re simply right here to have enjoyable, to be sincere, and simply be ourselves.”
“I encourage everybody else to assist the trigger,” Baker mentioned.
“Anytime that there is one thing like this, come out,” she mentioned. “It makes you’re feeling good, it is all in enjoyable, and paying it ahead is de facto good.”