By Joel Hall
The second annual Business2Business Bowling Tournament, hosted this year by House Rep. Mike Glanton (D-Ga) and Tax Commissioner Terry Baskin, is expected to fill all 28 lanes of Pin Strikes Bowling Alley this Friday.
The charity bowling tournament will start at 6 p.m., at 3478 Mt. Zion Road in Stockbridge.
Glanton, who organized the first tournament with Clayton County District 4 commissioner Michael Edmondson, said the 140 bowlers participating this year are expected to raise more money than last year for local non-profit organizations.
"This is definitely an increase over last year," said Glanton. "We're excited that in our second year doing this that we have reached capacity. Last year, we raised about $13,300 and we are well on our way to exceeding that."
This year, the proceeds from the tournament will go to House of Dawn, a program which helps homeless, single mothers find jobs and stable housing; The National Museum of Commercial Aviation in Forest Park, a museum dedicated to the preservation of local commercial airline history; and the African Women's Development Foundation, a non-profit agency which supports African communities in the U.S. and donates medical supplies to countries in Africa.
Glanton said because of the economy, non-profit agencies are facing a "critical time" receiving donations. He said the bowling tournament has been successful because it generates money without the overhead of traditional fund-raisers.
"Bowling is a sport that almost anybody can participate in," said Glanton. "My wife and I used to bowl in leagues, and we still enjoy it. We thought the community would enjoy it. I've never seen a bowling center like this one where they have so many additional things. It's really the total package."
While all the team slots have been filled for the tournament, Glanton encouraged the community to participate in the door prizes, games, and silent auction which will take place alongside the tournament. He said families can also enjoy the amenities, such as billiards, laser tag, bumper cars, virtual bowling, and the arcade.
Baskin, who is co-sponsoring the event, expects this year's tournament to be as good as the first.
"Last year I was totally amazed at the community coming together and having a fun-filled evening," said Baskin. "I really enjoyed it and that is why I was eager to get involved with it. From the time you walk in to the time you leave, you experience a wonderful time."