By Kassidy Ketron
On Friday, the American Red Cross South Plains Regional chapter received great support from members of the community at Strikes, Spares and Super Heroes: Red Cross Bowling for Relief.
Almost 100 people of all ages joined in support for the Red Cross to help kick off the 2014 Heroes Campaign and raised more than $1,000.
One group that was very active in not only support, but having a good time was Delta Sigma Phi, a fraternity at Texas Tech.
Not only did they have fun, but one of their members, Beau Gold, was the winner of the American Red Cross’ bowling tournament trophy.
Delta Sigma Phi vice president, Aric Denton, said he enjoyed spending time with his fraternity brothers and having fun for a good cause.
“We are getting some community service hours,” he said, “helping out the community and it’s been a really fun event and all my brothers are here having a great time too.”
Tiffany Downing, major gifts associate for the South Plains Regional Chapter, said she enjoyed seeing how much fun everyone was having and helping their community at the same time.
“It’s so great to see people enthusiastic about helping members of their community who are the ones that will really benefit from this great event,” she said. “We’ve had an awesome turnout and the smiles on everyone’s faces make it that much more rewarding.”
Strikes Spares and Super Heroes: Red Cross Bowling for Relief, which kicked off the 2014 Heroes Campaign, began the initiative to raise $30,000 for the South Plains.
Proceeds, Downing said, will help families in the area affected by disaster when they need support the most.
“This campaign is to help the American Red Cross continue to offer support to that family that wakes up in the middle of the night to a house fire and has lost everything,” she said. “With these donations we are able to provide them with necessities like clothing, toothbrushes and even a warm meal.”
Amber McCloud brought family and friends to the event for a fun evening of bowling and games at Main Event.
McCloud serves on the board for the South Plains Regional Chapter and said she’s always happy to help the American Red Cross’ vision, which is to prevent and alleviate suffering the face of disaster through the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
“The whole family is here and we brought some friends, too,” she said. “Knowing that we’re helping people that may live next door or down the street from us is the best part of the event and the Heroes Campaign.”
Downing said not only were people quick to join in on the fun, but some even signed up to volunteer with the American Red Cross and donated to the organization.
“We are so lucky to live in such a great community and be part of such an awesome organization like the American Red Cross,” she said. “None of this would be possible without our volunteers and the people here at Main Event that having a blast with their families and friends, and helping out their community.”
Anyone from individuals, churches and businesses can donate to the Heroes Campaign. To find out more visit our website.