Good bowlers, bad bowlers and just plain ugly bowlers will gather tonight for the fifth annual Concerts for Kids Bowl-A-Thon, where anyone can win. In fact, in this tournament, even the team with the absolute worst gutter-ballers can take home the Gold Trophy of the Pink Pin if team members open their wallets wide enough. The event raises money for numerous childrens health and education charities, including the Children's Hospital Foundation, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. So, while talent helps, cash helps more. Teams can buy a strike for $50, says consultant Sally Hallingstad: One year, we had a construction company buy a perfect game for $3,000. Up to 24 six-person teams will take part in the Bowl-A-Thon, which runs in two waves, at 5:30 and 7 p.m., at Lucky Strike Lanes, 500 16th Street. Each team, many of them businesses, restaurants and hotels, paid $500 to participate in exchange for fun, free food and drinks, team shirts, shoe rentals and spectator tickets for six friends. Last years champion scored 989 points, though no one knows for sure how much of that was played for and how much was paid for. For more information, call 303-605-2885 or log on to www.concertsforkids.org.
Wed., March 11, 5:30 & 7 p.m., 2009