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Spare no effort in helping Lutherbook youth at bowling fundraiser

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By David Bakker

Hundreds of bowlers will take to the lanes on Saturday, February 9 and Sunday, February 10 at Addison's Stardust Bowl (http://stardust.bowlbowlbowl.com). They'll be anxious to throw plenty of strikes and spares, but their main reason for being there will be to take part in the annual Lutherbrook Bowl-A-Rama, helping raise funds to support the youth at Lutherbrook. Bowling takes place both days from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and 2:45 to 4:45 p.m.

The Lutherbrook campus includes a residential treatment facility (Lutherbrook Child and Adolescent Center), a therapeutic day school (Lutherbrook Academy) and a group home facility (Collins Group Home). Lutherbrook is a highly specialized residential treatment center for youth ages 6 - 18 who have experienced multiple complex traumas and have struggled in open community settings. Lutherbrook's comprehensive and compassionate treatment approach is designed to help each youth resume family and community living as soon as possible.

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Show your support by visiting www.lcfs.org/bowlarama, where you can make a donation and/or register to bowl. Bowlers are encouraged to create their own individual Bowl-A-Rama web pages, which make it easy to collect and track pledges from family and friends. A printable pledge form is also available at www.lcfs.org/bowlarama. Anyone with pledges totaling $30 receives free bowling and shoe rental; $50 in pledges also receives a Bowl-A-Rama T-shirt.

Supporters bringing in pledges of $150 or more receive a special gift along with the free bowling and shoe rental and Bowl-A-Rama t-shirt. For more information, contact the Special Events team at events@lcfs.org or 708-488-5558.

The excitement extends beyond the lanes with a raffle for a 64GB iPad or four-night trip with round-trip airfare for two. There will be many additional prize opportunities throughout the weekend.

Net proceeds will directly benefit Lutherbrook youth through improved recreational facilities on campus, new equipment and outside program opportunities. If the amount of money raised exceeds what is required to purchase the targeted items, those funds will be used for other day-to-day needs of the youth. Thanks to the generosity of participants and sponsors, Bowl-A-Rama has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars over the past quarter century.

Lutherbrook is a program of Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois (LCFS), a non-profit social ministry organization serving some 40,000 individuals annually with programs such as foster care, adoption, counseling, residential treatment and a variety of community services. For more information on Lutherbrook and LCFS' other programs and services, call 800-363-LFCS, or visit us at www.lcfs.org or www.facebook.com/LCFSIL.

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