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Rotary bowling benefit to aid park

Proceeds from this year's event go toward the club's "Centennial Park" project.

By TIMES STAFF WRITER
Published May 20, 2006


Instead of bowling for dollars, those who roll into the Rotary Club benefit Sunday will be bowling for doggies - and for kids.

The Rotary Club of Spring Hill Central will host its fourth annual benefit starting at 1 p.m. at Spring Hill Lanes, 3447 Commercial Way.

In the past three years, the bowling event has raised more than $20,000 for charitable projects throughout Hernando County.

Now the goal is to raise a cache of cash to help pay for the construction of "Rotary Centennial Park," which would be built on an 8-acre site near Springstead High and would include the county's first dog park.

The rest of the park would be decked out for kids. The name, Rotary Centennial, is a reference to the worldwide service group, now a little over 100 years old.

Rotary was founded in Chicago in 1905 and now claims 1.2-million members, who end up raising about $90-million each year to support causes all over the world.

The Spring Hill Central Club came to life May 28, 1998, but members have thrown their support into a bevy of projects.

Among them are the Relay for Life event for the American Cancer Society; the Central High Interact service club; the Gutierrez Memorial Scholarship Fund at Springstead High; the adoption of a 2-mile stretch of Suncoast Parkway bike trail; support for the Dawn Center program, which helps victims of domestic violence; and a career day at Central High.

Sunday's event will feature more than $2,000 in prizes, and sponsorships are still available. A team of four bowlers will pay $200 to get in on the event, and "lane sponsorships" are available for $50, which buys a banner that will be displayed above the lanes.

For more information, call 684-0313.

[Last modified May 20, 2006, 01:58:12]


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