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By: Holly Sias
8th Annual Bowl-A-Thon
03/08/2017 10:49 AM -

Rockford, Ill. – The Rockford IceHogs will be taking to the lanes with fans for the eighth annual Bowl-A-Thon on Saturday, March 11 at Cherry Bowl from 1-3 p.m. Registration begins at noon.

IceHogs players, coaches and team personnel will be at Cherry Bowl on March 11 to bowl with fans and raise money for the IceHogs Charitable Foundation. A portion of the afternoon’s proceeds will also benefit Families with HD Rooted in Hope, Inc, a nonprofit foundation that provides support and services to families affected by Huntington’s Disease.

Due to cancellations, two lanes have opened for the event. Admission is $50 per bowler or $175 for a team of four, which includes two games of bowling, shoe and ball rental, and a raffle ticket for a chance to win some great prizes for each participant. All IceHogs players have already been assigned to a bowling lane, but fans who purchase a remaining lane will join other team personnel for the event on Saturday. Participants are also encouraged to mingle with the entire team throughout the event. To reserve a lane, please call (815) 847-6399.

Fans interested in attending the event, but not bowling, can purchase a $10 viewing ticket that will include an entry into the general raffle and access to autographs and photographs with the team. Viewing tickets can be purchased by calling (815) 847-6399, or at the door on March 11 at Cherry Bowl.

Along with the general raffle, this year’s fundraiser will also include a 50/50 and premium-prize raffle. Premium tickets will be sold for $5 each (or $20 for five tickets), and prizes include Chicago Blackhawks tickets, game-worn IceHogs jerseys, a suite for an IceHogs game, Club Lounge tickets to a Hogs home game and an IceHogs team-signed stick.

Team merchandise will be available for purchase and will include exclusive Bowl-A-Thon items only available on Saturday. Fans will have the opportunity to get gear signed by IceHogs players.

A portion of proceeds from Bowl-A-Thon and each IceHogs raffle will go to benefitting Families with HD Rooted in Hope, Inc. The organization was founded and is supported by IceHogs captain Jake Dowell, and Jake’s mother, Vicki, as a resource to assist families affected Huntington’s Disease.

Jake lost his father, John, to Huntington’s Disease in 2014, and his older brother, Luke, is currently battling HD. Jake received news in December, 2015 that he does not carry the gene affected by Huntington’s Disease.
HD is a fatal, incurable genetic disorder that progressively breaks down the nerve cells in the brain, deteriorating a person’s physical and mental functioning. The disease is passed genetically, with children of affected parents having a 50-50 chance of also receiving the faulty gene that causes the disease.
Founded by Vicki and Jake Dowell, families with HD Rooted in Hope, Inc. is a foundation dedicated to providing support and services to families affected by Huntington’s Disease.
The nonprofit organization seeks to: Assist families in understanding Huntington’s Disease and ways to live through HD with courage, hope and love; Provide guidance to young couples as they consider options related to having children and support them in their decisions; And partner with organizations dedicated to assisting HD families live normal lives to the extent feasible
Vicki’s husband, John, was diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease and passed away in 2014. Her son – and Jake’s older brother – Luke, is currently battling the juvenile form of HD. Jake received news in December, 2015 that he tested negative for Huntington’s Disease.
Families with HD Rooted in Hope, Inc. can be contacted at (715) 956-1865. Donations can be mailed to 600 Graham Ave. #507 Eau Claire, WI, 54701.

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