Truckstop bowls to strike out cancer

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Saturday night’s best dressed team brings their ‘A’ game.

There’s trucking lanes and then there’s bowling lanes.

During its eighth annual fundraiser, Treasure Valley Believe in a Cure supporters laced up their bowling shoes for a great cause: fighting cancer through support for St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute in Fruitland, Idaho.

More than 250 attendees took part in knocking down pins, with the theme Grease Lightening Striking Out Cancer. This year also saw the addition of a silent auction, along with more expensive donations.

Wendi Wilde, chairwoman and coordinator for the event, said the event was a stunning success. “This year we had 270 bowlers over the three days, and so far we have raised over $11,000.”

Launched in 2009, Treasure Valley Believe in a Cure was envisioned by a few employees in New Plymouth. The group holds several fundraisers each year, “as well as our big bowling tournament held in February,” says Wilde.

The first event the group organized in February 2010 benefited Susan G. Komen. In 2012, hoping to help neighbors locally, the group shifted its focus and has since donated more than $45,000 to St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute Clinic in Fruitland.

All monies raised throughout the year by TVBiaC go to charitable local businesses making an impact in cancer research. According to Wilde, “This year’s funds will be used to help patients with their expenses like gas cards, food, utility bills, medication, or whatever else they need while going through treatment.”

And if bowling isn’t exactly up your alley, there are other, smaller, fundraising activities the group sponsors throughout the year including yard sales and bake sales.

What started with a few eager volunteers within in 2009 didn’t remain there for long. “Most of our board members and volunteers still work for Truckstop, but we have more joining us who don’t work here,” Wilde says.

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