"Bowling for Boats" a roaring success at Lucky Strike

Published online: Sep 02, 2010 News Shelby Hodge - culturemap.com
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We're not sure whether it was an affection for Buffalo Bayou or the thrill of tossing a 10-pound bowling ball down an alley that drew the boisterous crowd to Lucky Strike Lanes for CultureMap's "Bowling for Boats" fundraiser.

Whatever the attraction, it was a cool crowd that spread across the white leather sofas and perched at the bar of the chic bowling alley's private party room. More than 150 mid-week revelers joined the bowling fray to help raise funds for the replacement of the Buffalo Bayou Partnership's pontoon boat,destroyed by vandals in July. 

There were those who came for party bowling like Allison Mione, Pat Mione and Dennis Baker. They fairly monopolized one lane until they eventually had to share with Cori McLaughlin, Chris Fields and Adam Rodriguez.

The sport was so popular that there was a waiting list for the lanes and a few didn't get their time with the pins almost until the bewitching hour. By then, the revelry had reached "Super Bowl" levels as bowlers and observers jumped for joy, shouted and cheered with each strike. Noisy fun for sure.

Most of those queried had turned out actually in support of the partnership. They love the bayou. Their kids love the bayou. They had done bat tours onThe Osprey. They had joined in foodie tours on The Osprey. It seemed everyone had a story about the torched pontoon boat.

The most outrageous tale of all or rather the wackiest take on the vandalism came from James Sivco. "It was the Buffalo Bayou Partnership's Pearl Harbor. It was a sneak attack. And the entire fleet was lost," he quipped.

Partnership director Anne Olson beamed throughout the bowling bash not only because the greenbacks poured in but also because the party introduced a fresh wave of interested people to the mission. "It's really a new audience," she said.


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