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Good Sam Bowl looks to shatter record

As the bowling balls rolled down the lanes at Jack's House, whether the pins scattered on impact was less important than the event itself. Good Samaritan Bowl is the largest fundraiser of the nonprofit Good Samaritan Society, which operates senio...

Third-graders from Harrison Elementary School in Brainerd check the scoreboard Monday, May 7, during the Good Samaritan Bowl at Jack's House to raise money for the Good Samaritan Society. Renee Richardson / Brainerd Dispatch
Third-graders from Harrison Elementary School in Brainerd check the scoreboard Monday, May 7, during the Good Samaritan Bowl at Jack's House to raise money for the Good Samaritan Society. Renee Richardson / Brainerd Dispatch

As the bowling balls rolled down the lanes at Jack's House, whether the pins scattered on impact was less important than the event itself.

Good Samaritan Bowl is the largest fundraiser of the nonprofit Good Samaritan Society, which operates senior care facilities in 32 states. The two-day event at Jack's House in Brainerd on Sunday, May 6, and Monday, and at the Community Bowl in Pine River Monday, was expected to bring in 1,000 bowlers of every skill level.

All with the goal of benefiting the Good Samaritan Society.

Liz Csanda, Good Samaritan Society event coordinator, said the 15th annual event was expected to break records. The goal of $65,000 was depicted in a fundraising chart braced against a bowling alley wall. Just after noon, the fundraiser had already reached more than $40,000.

"We are going to shatter it," Csanda said Monday. "This is a giving community and I know we are going to shatter it."

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Monday afternoon adult bowlers were bookended on the bowling lanes by Harrison Elementary School third-graders. Some students held their bright orange bowling balls up to the hand-dryer before taking their stance on the lanes. For the Keller Williams Realty team, the event was more about having fun as they high-fived, celebrated and laughed. Other teams bemoaned their low scores or gathered around lunchtime pizza, breaking away from the feast to bowl when their turn was up.

Beyond the bowling, a silent auction at Jack's House had tables upon tables of gift baskets and imaginatively decorated bowling pins-depicting everything from a scaly fish to Batman and a cat lady.

"We're all anxious to see how much money this silent auction brings in," Csanda said. "These are 20 nonprofit partners in the county. And we are going to turn around and give them 50 percent of whatever their table brings in. It's all about sharing our blessings, that's what Good Samaritan is all about."

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