3rd Annual Bowl-A-Thon for Rhonda

 

On May 14, 2016 we are having a bowl-a-thon to raise money for my dear friend and fellow quadriplegic Rhonda Reese (there is a video and info about her below) to help keep her out of a nursing home.

We are asking that each bowling participant please seek 10 sponsors at ten cents per pin for your highest of three games of the bowl-a-thon (e.g., if your highest game is 120, ten cents per pin is $12, and if you have 10 sponsors, you would raise $120). That said, the tracking sheets below have space for 20 sponsors, and sponsors can choose any per pin amount, or sponsors can choose their total instead of a pledge per pin.

Members of our Quad Squad group, including Rhonda and I (Bill) are planning to bowl, and seeking people to sponsor us. We also want able-bodied folks, family, and friends to do likewise with us it will be fun! :-)

Rhonda
Rhonda Reese, who is currently age 49
The bowl-a-thon is at AMF Leesburg Lanes from roughly 4-6 p.m., and we thank ERA Grizzard Real Estate for covering the three-game bowling cost for participants. We thank AMF Leesburg Lanes for offering free shoe rental for bowl-a-thon participants, and contributing raffle prizes, etc.

 
Here are three files that can help:

Printable flyer for sharing (written by Rhonda): 3rd_Annual_Bowl-A-Thon_for_Rhonda-FLYER.pdf

Printable sponsor tracking sheet by hand: 3rd_Bowl-A-Thon_Tracking_Sheet_by_Hand.pdf

Tracking sheet by computer (calculates totals): 3rd_Bowl-A-Thon_Tracking_Sheet_by_Computer.xlsx
  
 
Meet Rhonda:

Rhonda and her caregiver Rachel were featured in a two-minute promo video for Interim Healthcare:
 


The video above actually shows Rhonda in the apartment that we would like to keep her in.

Here is the direct YouTube link for the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gV7bZw0R4Fc

 
About Rhonda:
 

Rhonda was injured in a car accident in 1991 at the age of 25, and her mother was her primary caregiver for more than 20 years until cancer made her unable, and ended her life in November 2012. Her efforts for all those years are what kept Rhonda out of a nursing home, and with your help we can continue those efforts.
 
I met Rhonda after coming home from rehab from my spinal cord injury, which I incurred in 1997. She was injured exactly 6 years and 20 days before me, and wanted to help me adjust to life with paralysis. In all the years that I've known Rhonda, I have never once heard her complain about anything. She is one of the kindest, most grateful people I know.
 
In 2014 and 2015, we had successful bowl-a-thons for Rhonda (a big THANK YOU to all who have contributed) which have helped to keep her out of a nursing home but if we are going to KEEP her out long term, we need to keep doing this annually. Rhonda is essentially "on her own" and facing the prospects of having to go to a nursing home at the age of 49, and I personally feel compelled to do something to delay that as long as possible. 
 
That said, I think we have to avoid "going to the well" too often, since we are or will be asking many of the same people if they are interested and able to contribute. I think a semiannual event would probably dry up support too quickly, but I'm hoping an annual event won't be too often. A yearly bowl-a-thon alone is likely not enough to sustain Rhonda indefinitely, but whatever we can do will be greatly appreciated by Rhonda, and she is also doing other fundraisers and is managing everything about as frugally as possible. She does have some government assistance also, but it alone is not sufficient. Please help her if you can. 
 
We put together a YouCaring campaign for Rhonda, to have another way that people can help/donate. It has more information about Rhonda, as does the above printable flyer. And her YouCaring page also enables secure donations:

https://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/help-for-rhonda/37633

 
Four Ways to Pay (i.e. make a bowl-a-thon contribution or to simply donate):

You can (1) send a check directly to the bank, (2) send it directly to the person you're sponsoring, or contributions can be made (3) online via the above YouCaring page (no PayPal account is required to donate) or (4) directly via PayPal using this email address: ForRhonda@yahoo.com.

If you don't have a preference, please make a check payable to: Rhonda's Benefit Trust Fund and send it to the person you're sponsoring in the bowl-a-thon (that way it's easy for the bowler to keep track).

That said, here's the bank info:

Rhonda's Benefit Trust Fund
CITIZENS FIRST (Bank) OF THE VILLAGES
1050 Lake Sumter Landing
The Villages, Florida 32162
352-751-2100

Any of the above will be much appreciated it all adds up to significantly help thanks! :-)
 
If you want to sponsor someone or bowl and ask people to sponsor you to help keep Rhonda out of a nursing home, please let me know
(contact me).

Please let me know if you have any questions thanks and God bless!

Bill Miller :-)
C1-2 Quadriplegic with a 255 High Bowling Game
Co-founder of Manufacturing Genuine Thrills Inc. d/b/a MGT
My blog: http://powerwheelchairusers.wordpress.com
Business website: http://www.ikanbowler.com
Personal website: http://www.lookmomnohands.net

 

 

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