My heart continues to break for so many, especially the bowling centers in my home state. Most are family run businesses that have brought so many together and do so much for the communities.
For me, Holly Lanes is where I first bowled at 3 years old. It is where I hung out most Saturdays of my youth and into adulthood. It was where my high school practiced and hosted because no centers in my hometown wanted to host these things for us. It was the home for Holly, Fenton, Brandon and Linden high school bowling teams. In my teenage years, the center was one of my homes, but it was becoming run down and outdated. Brian Aubuchon stepped up and over the past (almost) decade has given new life to the center. Almost every summer over the past decade, Holly Lanes has been closed for the summer and a project completed for us bowlers to enjoy. The bathrooms, the bar, the lanes, the scoring systems. Brian has poured so much into our beloved center and making sure it stayed afloat over the past 9 years.
Over the past couple years, I have poured my heart into the Holly Lanes Baker Doubles Series. It is something I am very fortunate to be able to do at my home center. Due to the extension of the pause, we will likely not be able to have our December event. At this rate, January feels uncertain as well.
With the shutdown earlier this year and the current "pause" our leagues were cut short, started late, and have now been cancelled until further notice. This means all other tournaments, parties, fundraisers, etc are as well. What this means is there is no money coming in.
Brian has done absolutely everything he can to make sure we are safe in the center. He has followed all of the shut downs even though it has been beyond difficult to stay afloat.
I think now is the time we need to step up and help if we can. I personally have had $200+ tabs in a single Saturday night there and I'm quite positive I'm not the only one! Haha all jokes aside, I know we are all struggling right now. If you can help, it would be greatly appreciated. I hope everyone stays safe and I get to see you soon.
I am hopeful that once all of this is over, we can have some fun together at our Holly Lanes.
Love you all,
- Carly Killen
- Joan Henderson
- Jacquelyn Rasegan
- Shannon Warner
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