Bowl for Freedom gives back to area veterans

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) ----- Six area bowling alleys hosted Bowl for Freedom this weekend to raise money to help improve the lives of veterans.


Honoring veterans is nothing new at Don Carter Lanes, with one of the bowling alley's walls dedicated to veterans.

This weekend, the business offered 99 cent specials on bowling, shoe rentals, food and drinks to raise funds. The BVL provides recreation therapy grants to VA hospitals, as well as clinics for America’s veterans and active duty members.

One hundred percent of the weekend proceeds go to the program.

"The bowling industry as a whole is very into the veterans. So the BVL since the 1940s has raised over $15 million for the bettering veteran's lives. This center here since 2007 has raised $450,000 toward that cause," said Jim Bannister of Don Carter Lanes.

"It's a great feeling to have someone support you, because being that I served in the service myself it's a great commodity that everyone backs you up when you do things," said Lorenzo Lipscomb.

This is an annual event, with other locations like Cherry Bowl, Viking Lanes, Park Lanes B, B Park Bowl and Forest Hills Lanes also participated.