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Pictures from past bowl-a-thon

MDA Presentation 2015

Thank You


We raised over $10,000 @ the Ron St. Clair MDA bowl-a-thon 2016

Thanks bowlers, volunteers and sponsers.








The annual Ron St. Clair MDA Bowlathon is set for April 23, 2016 at the New Hope Bowl in New Hope. Money raised during our Bowlathon will be donated to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

$40 per person/ 4 person teams

MDA’s mission is to save and improve the lives of people fighting muscle diseases. Seventy seven cents of every dollar that is donated is used to find treatments/cures and to support the families in their struggles to understand and cope with the disease.

The money collected will help pay for (1) One day of medical supplies at a MDA Summer Camp (it typically costs $53 a day for each child), (2) Support a group session ($100 to educate and it also allows parents time to network with others having like experiences), (3) Physical therapy (consultations run $150), (4) Repairs (for wheelchairs and/or other equipment $500) and (5) For the kids to have a camp where they can enjoy themselves and have professional counselors available that are trained in the special needs required by these children ($800 for a week of summer camp).

Branch 9, MDA needs your help! Branch Niner’s working together will have an enormous effect on the total dollars raised at the Bowlathon. The money raised will send several children to summer camp and seeing these kids smile and having fun will be nothing short of mission accomplished.
There are several ways every carrier can participate. Come bowl 2 fun games, eat some pizza and have a few refreshments. Have a great time watching as your fellow co-worker score 6 strikes in a row or to see the challenged bowler, bounce their ball off the gutters and still score a spare. The talk at the station will be interesting. There is a $40 minimum pledge and no maximum limit. Lane sponsors will get their company name posted in large print at the Bowlathon.
While you are bowling, enjoy the full service restaurant/beverage center where many relaxing beverages will be available. And in between games order some nice crunchy fries and place a bid on one of the many fabulous baskets created by the Branch Niner’s. There is always a good deal to be had at the silent auction. Typically, there are several types of baskets including, but not limited to baskets with beverage, food, tools, gift certificate, and personal care products. Something for everyone to enjoy!

We understand that not everyone can attend this event, but there is still a way you can participate: Take up a collection at the office and donate a basket to the silent auction. A basket can be put together for less than $50. This is a perfect price range. The station with the (1) Most unique basket, (2) Most useful items basket or (3) Most daring basket will be treated to sweet rolls and donuts covered with sprinkles. There are 3 chances to score points for your station and ultimately score dollars to help the kids achieve the most they can through the use of MDA and their continued research and support of those with muscular diseases.
The MDA flyer is in this issue. Carol Garnto (Lost Lake) is the chairperson and can be reached at or 612-709.8815.



Thank You to the 2014 Lane Sponsers

What happened last year...

2012- Our Branch 9 members raised money with a Silent Auction, 50/50 drawings and raffles. By the end of the night, we had raised over $5000 for MDA in our effort to “Deliver the Cure”!

The winner of the Best Silent Auction was Anoka, with their “Everyone Wins” basket. The winner of Best Individual Series was Bob Phillips of Brooklyn Park Station. The Team Best Series winner was the Brooklyn Park Team, knocking Lake Street from their long-standing 1st place status. Thank you to everyone who participated, and donated silent auction baskets. Our lane sponsors this year were Betts and Hayes Accounting and The Fink Agency. Special thanks to Kevin Lane of Bloomington Station, who went the extra mile and obtained many, many raffle items for the event. As always, an extra thank you to our volunteers who make the event happen. JoAnn Gilbaugh Branch 9 MDA Coordinator


The Branch 9 Ron St. Clair Memorial MDA Bowl-a-thon was held on Saturday, April 16th. 2011

Over 100 Branch 9 members, friends and family gathered at the Park Tavern in St. Louis Park for bowling, 50/50 raffles, a silent auction and a chance to win a $1,500 vacation get-away. If you weren’t there, you missed all of the fun! Donnie Virden’s Lake Street Station team took away the trophy for Best Series, and Lake Street station raised over $1200 in pledges. Jeff Mattson, (Brooklyn Park) won 1st place for Best Individual Series. Stacie Ellingson (Anoka) won the vacation drawing. Joe Rian (Richfield) raised over $400 & Joel Carter (East Side) raised $325. Brooklyn Center won the station breakfast for the best silent auction basket. The creativity and variety of baskets this year was fabulous! The evening was a huge success and we raised over $8,500 for MDA. Thank you to everyone who participated and especially to all of the volunteers who made this event happen.




Warren Wehmas (MDA
Coordinator for MSALC)
sponsored a 5K run which
collected $1100 for MDA. 1st
Place in the mens division was
Dane Liebel (Richfield), and
1st Place in the womens division
was Melia Derrick
(Brklyn Park).

Branch 9 President, Pam Donato and
MDA Co-Chair, JoAnn Gilbaugh present
the local MDA Coordinator with a
check for $12,810.50, collected from
our Bowl-a-Thon. Exec Vice President,
Mike Zagaros holds a decorated
and signed T-Shirt from MDA presented
to Branch 9 for their work.

MDA Bowl-a-thon April 25th 2010

Fun and Stuff we raised a lot of money, thanks to all who helped.

Our annual Bowl-a-Thon is always such a fun event and this year was no exception. The total of our pledges, drawings, and silent auction raised more than $7000 for MDA!



1st Annual National MDA
Park Tavern was the setting for the NALC Bowl-a-Thon. November 1st is the date now set aside for the
national bowl-a-thon to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy. Letter Carriers and their families and friends
bowled as many games as they wanted for a set fee. Donated prizes were awarded throughout the event, and
pizza’s were provided. This event raised $4,640.

Bingo Karaoke brought in around $2,700

Recent National Bowl-a-thon brought in around $1,500 11/01/09

thanks everyone!


MDA Bowlathon was a great success,

Thanks to the efforts of various
carriers and branch officers



Pam Donato and MDA coordinator, Jason Karnopp accepted an autographed shirt from Josh and Rita Felling. MDA sponsors Camp Courge in Maple Lake, Minnesota, for youths ages 7-17 with physical disabilities. Josh attended camp last year, had a shirt signed by fellow campers and counselors and presented it to Branch 9, for their generous support of Muscular Dystrophy. Last year Branch 9 raised over 32 thousand dollars for MDA.For more information about the camp go to

Branch 9 raised $31,286 in 2008!

___and JoAnn!

$2700 raised for MDA

1st place Donnia Riley (Lowry)

2nd place Dustin and Barry Smith (W. Edina)


MDA Raffle!

We raised $8,000

winner - Sam Strommen (Blaine)