New Jersey Bowlers Strike Out Hunger

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Eighty-five people enjoyed bowling, fellowship, food, and fun on a recent Saturday while raising money for the food pantry of New Hope Community Ministries.

Tim Steen bowls at the Strike Out Hunger event for New Hope Ministries.

New Hope is a diaconal outreach in Prospect Park, N.J., supported by several area Christian Reformed churches.

Alyson Steigerwalt, executive director of New Hope, said this was the first time they’ve tried this and was glad to say it went incredibly well.

Sponsors rented 15 lanes at a local bowling alley for $120 per lane. In return they received 2.5 hours of bowling, shoe rentals, pizza, and soda for everyone bowling their lane. Many families and people of all ages attended.

The event also featured a silent auction that included two new bikes with helmets, restaurant gift certificates, a gym membership, and a baseball signed by Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees baseball team. The lane rentals, auction, and additional donations raised $1,250 for the food pantry.

Barbara Adams, a New Hope volunteer, said, “I liked this event. We could bring our grandchildren and give back while having fun as a family.”

Emily Wilson added, “We had a blast—such a creative idea and a fun night!”

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