The 15th Annual Tonawandas USBC Bowl for the Cure Strikes Big

The 15th Annual Tonawandas USBC Strike Out Breast Cancer Tournament was held at Mallwitz’s Island Lanes Sunday February 25th. Each year our association holds this event to help generate funds that will be donated to Roswell Park Cancer Institute Foundation Alliance and The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The day consists of bowling, basket raffles, 50/50s and a bake sale. For our big raffle ticket item this year we were able to secure a framed and autographed Josh Allen jersey that was certified by Beckett Services. This fantastic piece was the main attraction of our raffles and it definitely garnered some attention. Between this and all the events that ran during the day of the event the Tonawandas Association is proud to announce that we are donating a total of $10,000 split between the two organizations previously mentioned. This is a record amount donated by the association and it could not have been done without the support of all of those who donated to this fantastic yearly event.
The bowling community of Western New York continues to show how great it can be. You have helped someone in need, given someone a brighter day and secured hope as they continue to fight. Thank you! A special thank you goes out to event chairman Joey Bellanti who dedicates his time relentlessly to put the event together. We would also like to thank the Mallwitz family for hosting. A family oriented atmosphere at a great bowling facility. A shout out and thank you as well to WIVB Channel 4 News who took the time to cover our event! (See link below)
The winner of the Josh Allen jersey was Cassie Fracassi who purchased the ticket from our own Ryan Reese! Congrats Cassie!!!
While many people came to visit, spend a little time and get in on the raffles the tournament portion of our event consisted of a non-sanctioned No Tap (9 pins = Strike) tournament where bowlers bowled 3 games with handicap for total pinfall. 47 bowlers came out to compete in two divisions. In the Open division it would be Daniel Griggs taking the top spot as he shot a no tap 300 game along with a 277 to bowl 797 scratch! Marc Cutting (two 266 games), Jon Gerrtiz (280), Ron Krzystek(266, 268) followed next all bowling a 779. Next up Warren Bush (275) with 777 followed by Evan Bush (268) with 776 and Dave Gottler (264) with 776, Dan Eberl (290) and Tom Bilson (278) finished with 775 to round out the top 9 bowlers who cashed for the event.
Other scores of note in the Open division included Tiffany Mitchell (234, 235, 241), Tricia Zemla (230, 244, 246), Nick DiPota (300), James Austin (253), Scott Clinton (253), Michael Kwiatowski (241), Kevin Kemp (241), John Rowell (287), Joe Schamdel (255, 243), Jeff Krywcum (256), Justin Schmadel (233), Nick Dudkowski (240), Jaharra DiPota (240, 244), Paul Krull (two 234s), Eric Shine (242), Bob Skovenski (262), Meech Jackson (224, 223), Trevor Palamuso (230) and Jim Bilson (227).
In the Women’s division 4 would make it to the cash line. Abi Krull was the winner after rolling games of 241, 231 and 250 for a 722 scratch set that led to 776 with handicap. Savannah Haner finished second with 765 after games of 216, 199 and 202. Two bowlers tied for third with 764. It would be Jazz Igiel with games of 218 and 224 and Tina Hutchins who won the women’s event in 2019, rolling games of 212 and 244.
Other scores of note in the Women’s division included Darlene Hoover (206, 200), Sarah Grimaldi (219), Jenn Wheeler (203, 213), Alexis Westermeyer (214) and Dee Igiel (211)
Thank you again to all who attended, donated and helped us continue to put on a great event that is for a great cause.