Tony “Flash” Tucker (left),
an “out-of-uniform” member of the
Anna Maria Island Privateers hams it up
with Privateer John Hallahan, whose pirate’s
outfit clashed slightly with his red and white
bowling shoes. SUN PHOTO/TOM VAUGHT
Approximately 250 Island Community Center supporters took to the mainland last Saturday to put on socks and bowling shoes and raise money for the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
It was the 18th Annual O’Connor Bowling Challenge, hosted by twins Billy and George O’Connor and sponsored by the Anna Maria Island Sun and it was a big success both on the alleys and off.
The event grossed $10,552 for the Center, up from last year’s $10,167. Community Center Business Manager Sandee Pruett said that it was phenominal considering the beating our economy has been taking.
Volunteers signed up bowlers at the door, as they have in the past and others sold raffle tickets for prizes including a big screen television sponsored by the Anna Maria Island Sun.
When the action ended, many bowlers came to the after-the-games gathering at the Anna Maria Oyster Bar to hear who bowled the best and the worst and see if they won a raffle prize.
The highest woman’s score, 190, belonged to Kelly Jordan as did the high series, a 507. Leah Best had the lowest woman’s score, a 34.
Jimmy Weaver topped the men with a 221 and Jim Stufflebean bowled a 542 series to take that trophy. Billy Nye had the lowest men’s score of 58.
Cindy Jennis won the big screen television. Dozens of other prizes, including restaurant packages, liquor and lots of Anna Maria Island Sun T-shirts, were awarded to lucky ticket holders.
It was another year of bowling for many of the Island residents who will remember the evening as they rub liniment into their aching muscles, but it will mean a lot to the kids who participate in the programs at the Center.
Community Center Director Pierette Kelly thanked everyone who turned out, and she gave plaques to Billy and George O’Connor for their ongoing support.