The first annual Rock N Bowl to benefit the Village Food Project was held January 29th at Bay Lanes. The fund raising event was an enormous success as 240 attendees enjoyed an evening of bowling and entertainment, raising $3,500 for this worthy cause, which this week has begun to deliver meals to Bay Village residents actively being treated for cancer. Entertainment included music from local bands the Feedbacks and Herded Cats. Additionally, comedian Randy Geiss and Scott “Elvis” Pohlkamp made appearences. All performances were donated. “When we conceptualized the fund raiser, our hope was to attract 90-100 people and raise $1,500,” stated event organizer Scott Pohlkamp. “The end result was a big win for the community and a lot of fun too. We are very thankful for the hard work the bands donated and the generosity of the attendees. The people at Bay Lanes did a super job handling the large crowd,” Pohlkamp added. The planning of the event was carried out by Pohlkamp, his wife Allison, Kevin Blake of Herded Cats (Bay resident), Dave MacAskill of the Feedbacks (Bay resident and two-time cancer survivor) and Bay Lanes owner Mark Nazario. Deborah Bock, the community services director for the city of Bay Village, helps as service contact for the group. She may be reached at 899-3409.
Who it helps
The Village Food Project has started to deliver nutritious, precooked meals to cancer patients and their families in Bay Village. Barb Harrell of Bay Presbyterian Church is executive director and
was inspired to start the group based on similar programs nationally. It is a care-centric motive to offer three nutritious meals per week to cancer patients battling effects from chemotherapy or
radiation treatments. The Village Food Project is a multigenerational project where adults mentor high school teens from the community, training them in the kitchen to become the VFP chefs. As VFP chefs, teens take responsibility for a major portion of meal preparation and the packaging of meals for clients.