The Miss West Sound Scholarship Program held their First Annual Miracle Bowl fundraiser on Feb. 10 at the All Star Lanes in Silverdale, raising more than $3,000 to split between Children's Miracle Network, the Caring for Carmen Fund for Carmen Garringer and the Miss West Sound Scholarship Program. Approximately fifty teams of bowlers filled the alley during the six hours. Gift cards, candy and other prizes, donated by individuals and businesses in Kitsap County, were awarded for the most spirited team, the team with the highest total score at the end of each session, gutter balls, strikes, and spares.
Participants had the opportunity to purchase Caring for Carmen bracelets and t-shirts. Toward the end of the day Suquamish Elementary Librarian, Gail Petranek, offered to shave her head for donations. This prompted several others to do the same, raising a total of $252. Other Caring for Carmen fundraisers, held in conjunction with the Miracle Bowl, brought in approximately $5,300 to help support Carmen Garringer and her family with expenses incurred by her treatment.
Carmen Garringer is a student at Suquamish Elementary and Princess to Miss West Sound 2012, Hannah Price. She has recently been diagnosed with Extraosseous Ewing's Sarcoma and is being treated at Children’s Hospital.
For more information about Carmen, please visit caringforcarmen.com.