RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Felician College women's bowling team raised more than $1,700 for cancer research during its inaugural "Striking For A Cause" event last Friday night at Lodi Lanes.
The funds will be split equally between The Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, based in Bethpage, N.Y., and the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Santa Monica, Calif. The charities were chosen by the Golden Falcon bowling team based on cancers that have affected the families of team members.
"We can't thank the Felician community enough for its participation, donations, and support," said Felician head coach Andrew Toriello. "I am especially grateful to Jason Smith of the Office of Residence Life for his help in running the event. We are also very thankful to our sponsors – Lodi Lanes, Carteret Elks #2235, Carteret Antlers #20, Michael Halebian & Co., and Blackjack Mulligan's of Garfield."
An overflow crowd of 135 participants was treated to two games of bowling, music and food at the fundraiser. In addition to accepting gate donations, the team ran 15 separate charity raffles.
"The event was a lot of fun," said freshman team member Kristen Keller (Reading, Pa./Schuylkill Valley). "We were able to bring many different groups from the College together for one night, for one cause. Hopefully we can turn this into a yearly thing."
The Felician women's bowling program is in the midst of its inaugural season, and all eight team members are freshmen. The Golden Falcons own a dual won-lost record of 33-27 heading into this weekend's Golden Bear Classic in Allentown, Pa., hosted by Kutztown University.
The Golden Falcons are still accepting donations to the pair of foundations listed above. To donate, contact Toriello at TorielloA@felician.edu or (201) 559-6185.