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RBFCU Raises $6K in Bowl-a-Thon for Children's Health
Thursday, March 23, 2017 7:00 AM

RBFCU Bowl-a-Thon

Now in its 21st year, San Antonio-based Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union hosted its annual Bowl-a-Thon benefiting children's hospitals. The event was also held in the Dallas area where Cornerstone Credit Union League staff were on hand to join in the fun for a great cause in support of Children's Medical Center Plano. RBFCU raised a grand total of more than $6,000.

"We were thrilled that our Dallas region has been so pro-active in raising money for the Plano Children’s Hospital," said RBFCU's Carla Engelke, central operations project manager. "This was their second Bowl-a-Thon, and it's amazing—they raised over $6,000!" 

The Bowl-a-Thon has become an event that RBFCU employees look forward to each year, Engelke said. In addition to staff, the credit union offers bowling lanes to its vendors and employees for good family fun. Each team has 5-6 bowlers, and participation includes a T-shirt and two games. The Dallas-area RBFCU also offered a lunch package. 

RBFCU Bowl-a-ThomIn addition, RBFCU hosts an online auction during the week prior to the Bowl-a-Thon, plus a silent auction the day of the event. They recruited some big-name sponsors too, like MasterCard, PULSE, and Harland Clarke, to name a few.

This year, young patients at the children’s hospital decorated bowling pins which the RBFCU Dallas team named after its senior staff. The pins were auctioned off online, and more than $4,500 was raised in that event alone. Senior team members were really good sports, Engelke said, and many made some generous bids themselves. 

Led by Vicky Macias, the league's VP of accounting, the Cornerstone team took first place and received a special pin decorated by one of the children. The team also went home with RBFCU cookbooks, gift cards, and other goodies. Senior Staff Accountant Shannon Batchelor bowled a high score of 223 and walked with away with the special pin.

The team was also taking part in a Credit Unions Care initiative known as 12 for 12, which encourages employees to give back every month of the year. Because the staff couldn't be sponsors, they each paid $20 fees and joined RBFCU staff in the silent auction, etc.

"We want to thank your team for participating, and congratulations on their win," Engelke said. "We look forward to seeing you again next year."

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