Bowling benefit to help domestic violence victims

BHcare’s Center for Domestic Violence Services (CDVS) is looking for bowlers and sponsors to participate in its 25th Annual Bowl-2-Benefit on Saturday, March 9, at AMF Lanes in Milford. All proceeds benefit domestic violence programs and services throughout the Valley, greater New Haven and the shoreline.

Services include emergency shelter, 24-hour crisis hotlines, counseling, advocacy, support and other services, free of charge for individuals and children affected by domestic violence. Participants of Bowl-2-Benefit raise money for the event by forming bowling teams and collecting pledges. Bowling sessions are at 9 a.m., 11:30, 2 p.m., 5 or 8 p.m. Individuals and/or businesses and organizations can also get involved by becoming an event or lane sponsor. Sponsorships start at $75.

Last year, the Bowl-2-Benefit raised more than $93,000. Event organizers hope to exceed that amount this year and attract an even larger bowling crowd. According to the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV), more than 20 people lose their lives to domestic violence in the state annually. Last year, CDVS provided free emergency safe shelter, 24-hour crisis, counseling, advocacy, support and other crucial services to over 9,000 battered women and their children. Decreases in state and federal funding, coupled with increases in demand for services, make fundraising events such as the Bowl-2-Benefit critical to sustaining services for those at risk and in need, organizers said. Anyone interested in receiving more information about, or participating in, the Bowl-2-Benefit, should call Debbie Soulsby at 203-736-2601, ext. 1321 or visit Deadline for bowler registration is Wednesday, Feb. 27.