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Menlo Park Veterans’ Home Receives Grant from the Sport of Bowling to Support Veterans Recreation Programs

Edison, NJ – October 20, 2013

 As part of a nationwide grant program, Veterans Day was a little bit brighter at the Menlo Park Veterans’ Home, recently accepting a check in the amount of $1996.00 from the Monmouth County USBC Bowling Association representing the Bowlers to Veterans Link (BVL). BVL is a national charity, which raises almost a million dollars annually to fund recreation and therapeutic programs and services for America’s veterans. Founded in 1942, the Bowlers to Veterans Link is operated and supported by the sport of bowling.

 The grant will be used to support whatever needs the residents have. Currently, the center serves Central Jersey area veterans who will benefit from and enjoy the new equipment and programs.

 “The sport of bowling, through the BVL, recognizes the tremendous sacrifice that our military veterans have made for our country,” explains BVL Board Chair Darlene Baker. “Our bowling centers and league bowlers are committed to improving the quality of life for veterans. This gift in New Jersey is just part of our on-going effort to boost the spirits of our veterans, and show them we care.”

 For more information on the Bowlers to Veterans Link visit www.BowlforVeterans.org.

 In the picture: The group from left to right is;
- Joanne Ramsey, President , Monmouth County USBC Bowling Association
- Bill O’Brien, Resident Council President
- Joseph Brandspiegel, CEO of the Menlo Park Memorial Veterans’ Home
- Bob Hodges, Past President , Monmouth County USBC Bowling Association, and American Legion Monmouth County Commander.


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Bowlers Support Veterans at Menlo Park Facility

 Edison, NJ – November 19, 2012

 As part of a nationwide grant program, Veterans Day will be a little bit brighter at the New Jersey Veterans Home at Menlo Park, where a check was accepted in the amount of $2,400.00 from the local members of the Bowlers to Veterans Link (BVL). Part of donations to the national BVL also support the group “Re-Creation” which is a song and dance group and performs at this location on various occasions.

 The Monmouth County USBC Bowlers collect donations at all their sponsored tournaments by asking each bowler to contribute only $1.00. “Our bowlers have been very generous in supporting our efforts to aid the veterans,” said Bob Hodges, Past-President. The presentation was made by Joanne Ramsey, President, and Ray Vogel, Association Manager of Monmouth County USBC Bowling Association.

 BVL is a national charity, which raises almost a million dollars annually to fund recreation and therapeutic programs and services for America’s veterans. Founded in 1942, the BVL is operated and supported by league bowlers throughout the United States.

 The grant will be used to purchase much needed supplies and recreational equipment for the facility. Currently, the center serves Central Jersey area veterans who will benefit from and enjoy the new equipment and programs. Joseph Brandspiegel, CEO of the Menlo Park Veterans Home, was thrilled to receive such a generous donation, and wishes the bowlers group to come back more often.

 The Bowlers of America, through the BVL, recognize the tremendous sacrifice that our military veterans have made for our country. Our bowlers are committed to improving the life for veterans. This gift to the Menlo Park facility is just part of our on-going effort to boost the spirits of our veterans, and show them we care.

 For more information on the Bowlers to Veterans Link visit www.BowlforVeterans.org.

 For more information about Monmouth County Bowling - MCUSBC “Like” us on Facebook, and visit our website at www.monmouthcountybowling.com.

 

 In the picture:

 The group from left to right is
- Joseph Brandspiegel, CEO of the Menlo Park Memorial Veterans Home
- Ray Vogel, Association  Manager, Monmouth County USBC Bowling Association
- Joanne Ramsey, President , Monmouth County USBC Bowling Association

- Christine Caratozzola, Recreation Coordinator of the Menlo Park Memorial Veterans Home

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2011-2012 MCUSBC Contribution to BVL

Bowlers Support Veterans

 Edison, NJ – November 2, 2011

 As part of a nationwide grant program, Veterans Day will be a little bit brighter at the Veterans Home at Menlo Park, where a check was accepted in the amount of $2,535.00 from the local members of the Bowlers to Veterans Link (BVL). Part of donations goes to the national BVL which also support the group “Re-Creation”, a song and dance group and which was there performing on the same day.

 The Monmouth County USBC Bowlers collect donations at all their sponsored tournaments by asking each bowler to contribute only $1.00. “Our bowlers have been very generous in supporting our efforts to aid the veterans,” said Bob Hodges, President. The veterans were also given a banner with over one hundred signatures from the bowlers of Monmouth County who participated in the fund-raiser.

 BVL is a national charity, which raises almost a million dollars annually to fund recreation and therapeutic programs and services for America’s veterans. Founded in 1942, the BVL is operated and supported by league bowlers throughout the United States.

 The grant will be used to purchase much needed supplies and equipment for the facility. Currently, the center serves Central Jersey area veterans who will benefit from and enjoy the new equipment and programs. Joseph Brandspiegel, CEO of the Menlo Park Veterans Home, was thrilled to receive such a generous donation, and wishes the bowlers group to come back more often.

 The Bowlers of America, through the BVL, recognize the tremendous sacrifice that our military veterans have made for our country. Our bowlers are committed to improving the life for veterans. This gift to the Menlo Park facility is just part of our on-going effort to boost the spirits of our veterans, and show them we care. In addition to the donations to the VA Hospitals, BVL dollars support veterans in the State Veterans Homes and at Vet Centers around the country.

 For more information on the Bowlers to Veterans Link visit www.BowlforVeterans.org.

 For more information about Monmouth County Bowlers “Like” us on Facebook, and visit our website at www.monmouthcountybowling.com.

 

 In the picture (From left to right)


- John Dulack the home's Wii bowling champion (they have         weekly tournaments on the Wii ),
- Ray Vogel, Monmouth County USBC Bowling Association Assoc Mgr
- Joseph Brandspiegel, CEO of the Menlo Park Veterans Home
- Bob Hodges, Monmouth County USBC Bowling Association President
- Joanne Ramsey, Monmouth County USBC Bowling Association 1st Vice-President

 

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2010-2011 MCUSBC Contribution to BVL

 

Monmouth County USBC Bowling Association Donates $1653.00 to the Vets

 During the 2010-2011 bowling season, Monmouth County USBC Bowling Association Officials,  asked bowlers in each of the eight county tournaments to be generous and donate $1.00 for the Bowlers to Veterans Link (BVL). The BVL is a small office in Virginia that coordinates the donations of all bowling associations and funnels the donations to the veterans and troops by sponsoring entertainment and supplying bowling equipment. Monmouth County Bowlers contributed $1945 last year, and were awarded back $1653 to give to the charity of their choice, The New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home at Menlo Park in Edison.

 In the picture are: Joseph Brandspiegel, CEO of the Menlo Park Veterans Home, Robert E Hodges, President, Monmouth County USBC, and Joanne Ramsey, 1st VP, Monmouth County USBC.

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Joanne Ramsey

 

2009-2010 MCUSBC Contribution to BVL

 

Story submitted from Bob Hodges...

Just returned from making a presentation to the Menlo Park Veteran's Home. We ask our bowlers at our tournaments every year to donate a $1.00 to Bowlers for Veterans Group. The past few years we raised over $1000.00. This year we were able to designate our own recipient of 75% of the money collected. In the picture from left to right are Bob Hodges Association VP and BVL Chairman, John Dulack the homes WII bowling champion ( they have weekly tournaments on the WII ), Lou Colucci Association President and Joe Brandspiegel the Homes CEO. The check was for $889.00.

John Petraglia PBA bowler and member of our association is bowling's spoke person for BVL. On Dec 5 he ran a fund raiser for BVL and collected around $1500.00 which will be added to the monies we can collect at our tournaments. So next year we will be able to give the facility some more money.

 

 

 

NEWS:  BVL Joins in Veterans Day Honors

As part of the National Veterans Day Organizing Committee, responsible for Veterans Day activities in Washington, D.C. and around the country, Bowlers to Veterans Link (BVL) representatives participated in a myriad of activities on November 11, 2009 to recognize and honor those who have served our country.

BVL Board Chair Darlene Baker and Board Member Walter Hall began the day with a breakfast at the White House hosted by President and Mrs. Obama and Vice President and Mrs. Biden.  Baker and Hall attended breakfast amid the company of leaders of other Veterans Service Organizations and special guests.

Later that morning, formal ceremonies in the Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery opened with the Honorary Presidential Color Guard processing before the President and other dignitaries. Virginia United States Bowling Congress members Johnny Harris (Greater Lynchburg USBC), carrying the BVL flag, and Robbie Thomas (Allegheny-Bath USBC), marching with the U.S. flag, represented BVL. 

"Being part of the Veterans Day ceremonies on behalf of BVL was probably one of the top five experiences in my life," says Harris, a past president of the Virginia State Bowling Association and currently an association manager in Lynchburg, Va.  "It was an honor and a privilege, and a day I will never forget."  The event, which featured speeches by President Obama and Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Shinseki, was the result of a collaborative effort of the more than 40 member organizations of the Committee.

A BVL tradition continued that morning as BVL Board members took part in a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns.  Representatives of America's bowling centers also participated in this special event.  Joining BVL Board members Gary Anderson and Tony Manna and Member Emeritus Elaine Hagin were Dave Zeitz, Chief Operating Officer, and Mary Harrar, Executive Administrator of Thunderbird Lanes (Philadelphia. Pa.).

BVL Board members concluded the day with a presentation to Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.  Shinseki accepted a facsimile check of more than $825,000, representing the amount of money raised by BVL for America's veterans during the 2008-2009 league season. "You folks are tremendous," remarked Shinseki.  "This illustrates a real commitment to our veterans - our thanks to the BVL for all you do."

Since its inception in 1942, BVL has raised more than $35 million to improve the lives of those who have served our country. The BVL is located in Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and is guided by representatives of the United States Bowling Congress and the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America.

Photos of these events are available at http://www.BowlforVeterans.org.

 

FALL BVL NEWSLETTER

 

2009 Yearly Donations total $1,046

Lou Colucci (under whose presidency the county became involved with BVL) and Bob Hodges (main supporter for BVL at all tournaments)

 

League Officers Tournament - $129Monmouth County would like to extend a special Thank You to all those bowlers and spectators that contribute to this great cause!!