Three Westerville organizations will benefit from volunteers' bowling skills at the ninth annual Westerville Community Bowl-a-thon Feb. 8.

Three Westerville organizations will benefit from volunteers' bowling skills at the ninth annual Westerville Community Bowl-a-thon Feb. 8.

Funds raised by the event are split equally among the Westerville Education Foundation, the Westerville Symphony and the Westerville Chamber Foundation, said event organizer Bill Rectanus.

"All of the money raised goes toward educating youth," Rectanus said. "The Education Foundation gives grants to teachers to do something above and beyond what the school system provides; the chamber gives scholarships to graduates of the high schools and the symphony educates the youth on symphonic music."

Those interested in bowling or simply raising money for local groups are encouraged to contribute $50 per person, $25 per student or $500 per corporation, Rectanus said.

In the last nine years, the bowl-a-thon has raised anywhere from $21,000 to $27,000 annually, he said.

"Last year, we were able to give $7,000 to each organization," he added.

This year's bowl-a-thon will take place Feb. 8 at the Columbus Bowling Palace, 5707 Forest Hills Blvd., Columbus. The executive lunch and bowling flights begin at 11:30 a.m., with other flights taking place from noon to 2 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

"We will also have a silent auction of sports memorabilia, and for every $10 raised, that person will get a ticket for a $250 prize drawing," Rectanus said. "We only do this once a year and it's always a lot of fun."

Participants can register for the event by calling Rectanus at (614) 891-7200 or by e-mailing wrectanu@att.net.

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