Below is the letter I sent out to the Beer Church Turkey Bowl community. I share it here as just another means of getting the message out. Anyone can donate, as described below, and all help is very, very welcome.
Since 1998 I have hosted an annual bowling party and fundraiser: Beer Church Turkey Bowl. Working with lots of help from my wife and my friends, we have raised a lot of money for local non-profit organizations, most notably our local food bank, West Seattle Food Bank. Maybe you’ve attended Turkey Bowl in the past. Hundreds of people from the local beer and brewing community have participated over the years.
For obvious reasons, after a 21-year run, there will be no Turkey Bowl this year, which is especially sad because the West Seattle Food Bank has never needed our support more than they do right now. I have been volunteering and fundraising for the food bank for over 20 years and am keenly aware of how the pandemic has stressed their ability to serve the increased needs of the community.
If you are able, we hope you will keep the spirit of Turkey Bowl alive and donate to the West Seattle Food Bank as you’ve done in the past. This is a difficult economy for many of our friends, so we completely understand if you are feeling the financial strain of the pandemic and cannot donate.
Typically for Turkey Bowl, we ask for a $200 donation per lane, and then find other ways at the event to raise even more money (raffle ticket sales). In fact, the raffle accounts for most of the money you donate every year. We hope you will consider donating an amount equal to, or near, what you would spend on a night out at Turkey Bowl.
If it’s in the cards this year, you can make donations directly to the West Seattle Food Bank via their website. It is easy and quick. If you like, include a comment regarding Beer Church Turkey Bowl, just so they know we are thinking about them. (They will send you a tax receipt if you donate to them directly online.)
Live in West Seattle? Here’s an alternative, a fun way to donate to the Food Bank with a chance to win prizes. The West Seattle Thriftway (at Fauntleroy and California), is sponsoring a fun giving opportunity. In exchange for a $5 donation to the food bank you have a chance to win one of 50 prizes. The more you donate, the better your odds of winning. Plus they are matching donations up to $20K. To donate and enter, you must visit the store in person by November 20th. No need to mention Beer Church or Turkey Bowl. Just donate. West Seattle Thriftway is right down the street from, and has always been a big supporter of, West Seattle Food Bank. Cheers to them!
We will miss seeing your happy faces at Turkey Bowl this year and fully intend to get back at it when the coast is clear.