A local not-for-profit was able to raise funds and raise awareness through a weekend bowling event.
Ounce of Prevention hosted their 2nd annual Bowling for Ta Ta’s event. The gathering allowed bowlers to participate over two different time periods on Saturday night.
Organization Co-founder Jennifer Houin says the best part is that their events pull together participants from different communities and backgrounds
“We’re blessed this year that we had most of the same people from last year, but also new people from their friends who are bowlers that came out as well,” says Houin.
Ounce of Prevention was started in 2003 when Houin and her sister lost family members to breast cancer.
Funds raised through the organization’s events are designed to stay in the Marshall County Community. Most of the funds raised with the Bowling for Ta Ta’s event will likely go toward a $1-thousand scholarship for a Marshall County student.
Houin says the event sought to make people aware of what it takes to maintain your health.
“Of course, the Ounce of Prevention can’t cure breast cancer,” says Houin. “But we are looking to help people understand what it is, what it takes to detect. Early detection is so key to us.”
Although survivors may have been present, Ounce of Prevention says they don’t single out those battling with the disease at their events.
Local companies were able to donate food to the event. Although the numbers have not been finalized, the organization believes they raised more than $3-thousand.
Ounce of Prevention’s next event will be the Ta Ta Trot in June – a 5k walk and 10k run.