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Sign up for Horses with Heart benefit bowl-a-thon before Jan. 26

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Bowling balls and horses? They’re a natural duo at Antelope Lanes in Prescott Valley on Saturday, Feb. 10. That’s because many of the day’s games will benefit disabled children and adults, veterans and seniors, at the 15th annual Horses with Heart (HwH) Benefit Bowl-A-Thon.

Whether you bowl or not, the day has lots in store, according to HwH Executive Director Pam Berry. “If you don’t bowl, come on out and cheer on the teams, buy raffle tickets for great prizes like a smart TV, gift certificates and jewelry, and find out more about Horses with Heart.”

Those who do bowl are urged to register soon (deadline is Jan. 26 to guarantee an event t-shirt). For a $30 fee, each bowler will enjoy two games on a four-person team, shoe rental and an event t-shirt. Registrations received after Jan. 26 or the day or the event are welcome, but can’t be guaranteed to receive an event t-shirt.

“If you don’t have a team we’ll help you form one,” says Berry. The morning session is scheduled for a 9 a.m. check-in, 10 a.m. bowling. If the first session fills, afternoon check-in is noon, bowling 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Bowlers collect donation pledges and all funds raised go to Horses with Heart. Registration and pledge/donation forms are available at the HwH office, 2705 Highway 89, Chino Valley, and online at hwhonline.org. Prizes will be awarded for highest (and lowest) score, most strikes, most gutter balls and most spares. The top three pledge collectors will also receive special prizes. Antelope Lanes is at 6301 E. 2nd St., Prescott Valley.

Bowlers and non-bowlers alike are urged to pledge/donate any amount and designate to the HwH Scholarship Fund, Special Olympic Team or General Operating Fund. HwH is a 501(c) (3) and a Qualified Non-Profit for the Arizona Tax Credit Program.

“Our volunteers have been seeking out sponsorships for the Bowl-A-Thon across the Quad Cities and beyond,” says Berry. “We urge those already contacted to make their donations as soon as possible. Every dollar helps.”

She notes that new volunteers are always welcome at HwH, and that working with horses isn’t the only option available. “Anyone who can give some time to office work or helping with fundraising and other administrative tasks, as well as facility/grounds maintenance, can make a difference,” says Berry. A new volunteer orientation session is scheduled from 8:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., on Saturday, Feb. 24, at the HwH Ranch in Chino Valley. For more information, call 928-533-9178 or email info@hwhonline.org.