Bowling for Hope brings out competitive side on St. Patrick’s Day

Bowlers raise money for Circle of Hope at a findraiser at Valencia Lanes in Newhall Sunday afternoon. Cory Rubin/The Signal
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The lights dimmed and the green accents glowed as bowlers took to their lanes at Circle of Hope’s sixth annual Bowling for Hope at Valencia Lanes on Sunday.

“It’s neon bowling on St. Patrick’s Day,” said event co-chair Taylor Kellstrom. “(It) kind of sells itself.”

With over 200 players split among 24 teams, the best bowler and the team with the highest score received trophies. The event is one of several held by Circle of Hope throughout the year, but this is intended to be more family friendly, Kellstrom said, compared to their Afternoon Tea and Vine2Wine events.

“So it was more about creating an event that families can come because of cancer,” he said. “Cancer affects everybody, whether that’s a parent or a co-worker.”

Standing with her colleagues from 9Round Valencia and decked in green, Kim McEwen smiled as she got ready to play. Sunday’s Bowling for Hope was her first, but the St. Patrick’s Day theme and having the opportunity to help a good cause motivated her to join in, she said.

“It’s all for charity, it’s fun and I get to be with friends,” she said.

As the bowling progressed, Kellstrom and the other Circle of Hope board of directors stood for a photo after receiving a check of $20,000 from Logix Federal Credit Union, one of the event’s sponsors.

“All the proceeds benefit our clients who are going through cancer at Hope’s Haven Cancer Wellness Center,” said Kellstrom. “(It’s) a couple hours of coming out. A lot of different people have sponsored lanes to come out bowling.”

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