Bowling Party.


A few months ago I attended a Chamber of Commerce networking event and wound up winning one of the prize give-aways — a bowling party for 20 at Yankee Lanes in Portland, ME. Several people came up to me right away to ask if they could be invited whenever I chose to schedule the party. I decided, however, to donate the event to Port Resources, a non-profit organization in South Portland. Port Resources ( provides support services and maintains more than 20 residences in York and Cumberland Counties for the developmentally disabled. Because of cutbacks in state funding, Port Resources has diminshed capacity for providing recreational activities for its residents, and I felt that they could use a party more than I could.Earlier this month, staff members chaperoned a group of residents for their bowling party at Yankee Lanes. I stopped by to take a few photos. Several of the residents came up and hugged me. It was so wonderful to watch the joy on their faces as they gripped the balls and used a variety of interesting techniques to send them rolling down the alleys. It was very touching to see how such a small thing could make such a big difference to them. It was really all due to the generosity of the Portland Regional Chamber and Yankee Lanes. I was just the “middle man.”Port Resources will be holding its largest fundraising event of the year, an auction, on June 25th at The Landing at Pine Point in Scarborough. They’ve got some really terrific items, such as a family vacation at Disney World and a special night for four at Fenway Park in Boston, including transportation, dinner and four box seats. I’ve attached the invitation to the auction and hope that you will enjoy watching the video from the bowling party.

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