Like any philanthropic organization, Al’s Angels spends as much time raising funds as it does dispensing them. There’s a constant struggle to come up with new, creative ways to ask people for money.
The Westport group — well-known for providing holiday meals and gifts to children and families suffering with cancer and rare blood diseases — hits the mark with its upcoming effort.
Their “24 Hours of Strikes” is a bowl-a-thon at Lucky Strike Lanes in midtown Manhattan. Anyone can sign up to bowl a half-hour slot on the weekend of April 2-3. They then ask friends, relatives and colleagues for pledges: $1, $5, $10 or more for each pin knocked down during that time “frame.”
Strikes are triple — knocking down 10 pins counts as 30.
Lucky Strike is nothing like the old Westport Lanes; this is a party venue. There’s a great club/lounge, with music, food and beverage (and a bar). There are 10 billiards tables. Spectators are welcome (tickets are $100).
Al’s Angels’ goal is to raise over $75,000. It’s ambitious — but founder Al DiGuido is up to the challenge.
He’s signed up for a slot (April 2, 12-12:30 p.m.), and vows to “crush” 300 pins.
Knowing Al, he’ll solicit hundreds of pledges. He’ll reach his goal.
He’ll bring joy to hundreds of families that desperately need it.
And he and his Al’s Angels family will have a great time, doing very good things.
(To sign up to bowl — or sponsor a bowler — click here. For a video of their good works, see below.)