Bowling Fowl: SJMC Steps Over the Line in Fundraiser

SJMC Medical Center President Bill Young shows his form at last week’s Turkey Bowling event to support the hospital’s Hope Fund.

SJMC Medical Center President Bill Young shows his form at last week’s Turkey Bowling event to support the hospital’s Hope Fund.

It wasn’t your normal bowling lane. But employees of St. John Medical Center picked up a frozen turkey and rolled it down a makeshift bowling alley last week on the hospital cafeteria patio to raise funds for a good cause.

The cause was The Hope Fund, a short-term assistance program that helps SJMC employees in times of financial emergency.

First bowler was SJMC President Bill Young, who rolled a strike down the center of the bale-lined alley and into the pins. “My dad used to be a pinsetter,” quipped Young.

The hospital hosts Hope Fund events throughout the year to sustain the program. The idea for last week’s Turkey Bowling event came from Security Manager Jim Kamholz, who got the idea from a TV show.

Kamholz gleefully sprayed the plastic-coated lane with crisco as Young was followed by a long list of participants throughout the day.

Bowlers donated $5 for each roll of the turkey and those who recorded strikes were entered into a raffle for various prizes. Top prize was a day off with pay.

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