Bowlers are being sought for the 12th annual Westerville Community Bowl-a-Thon.

Bowlers are being sought for the 12th annual Westerville Community Bowl-a-Thon.

The event, which raises money for the Westerville Chamber Foundation, the Westerville Education Foundation and the Westerville Symphony, will run from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Columbus Square Bowling Palace, 5707 Forest Hills Blvd., in Columbus.

Organizers said they hope to raise $30,000, with the money going to fund music, student and continuing citizen education community scholarships.

"The Westerville Community Bowl-a-Thon is a great way to support education in our community," said Emily Hickman, Westerville Symphony executive director. "Participation of any kind will help the chamber, education foundation and symphony provide scholarships to deserving Westerville children and adults."

Interested bowlers can participate by starting or joining a team.

Participation costs $20 per person, with the cost covering a T-shirt, shoe rental and two games of bowling. Bowlers are encouraged to raise funds from friends, family, co-workers and neighbors; donations are tax-deductible.

All participants will be entered into a drawing to win a $500 Polaris Fashion Place gift card, and the top five adult fundraisers will be entered into a raffle to win an iPad gift certificate. The top five student fundraisers will be entered into a raffle for their choice of an Xbox Kinect package, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire or Nintendo 3DS.

Companies and organizations may participate as $200 gold sponsors, $300 platinum sponsors or $500 executive challenge sponsors.

Sponsors will receive tickets to Westerville Symphony concerts, Bowl-a-Thon T-shirts that include the organization's or company's name or logo and name recognition at the event. Executive challenge sponsors will receive one entry into the VIP bowlers tournament, a single-game competition in which bowlers roll for bragging rights and the coveted Gold Pin.

Last year's Bowl-a-Thon raised $21,000, and Hickman said organizers are optimistic that they'll be able to top that this year.

"Our $30,000 fundraising goal for this year is ambitious, but we believe we'll be able to reach it, thanks to the Westerville community's history of generosity," she said. "When we reach that goal, it will represent a 42-percent increase over the $21,000 we raised last year."

Register online at www.westervilleevents.com.