November is BVL Month. If you are looking to become involved in a worthy cause, helping with this effort will give you that satisfaction of helping past and present troops through our great sport of bowling. Association directors and league secretaries have been involved in collecting donations during league sessions for many, many years. This year we expanded this drive by giving open play bowlers an opportunity to donate at the front desk. All donations are tax deductible. Please contact the association office to see how you can become involved. We appreciate any support.
2014 – NLAC partnered with Bob’s Big Boy. On November 11 (Veteran’s Day), Bob’s Big Boy in Northridge and Burbank donated 20% of their sales to the NLAC BVL fund. THANK YOU BOB’s!!
2016 USBC CONVENTION, LAS VEGAS – BVL, which provides recreational and therapeutic programs and services to brighten the days of America’s active duty and veteran service men and women, announced it made a total donation of just over $909,000 to the Department of Veterans Affairs because of contributions made during the 2014-2015 season. Founded in 1942, BVL has raised more than $45 million.
BVL also honored the top state and local associations for their contributions. The top state association contributors were: CALIFORNIA, $119,686; Michigan, $56,484; Virginia, $45,960; Texas, $38,535; and Tennessee, $31,571. The top local associations were: Nation’s Capital Area (Va.) USBC, $23,448; CITRUS BELT (Calif.) USBC, $18,303; Metro Detroit USBC, $17,099; Metro Phoenix USBC, $15,763; and SAN DIEGO USBC, $11,621 (Calif). Go to BowlForVeterans.org to learn more about BVL and to see all the state and local association contributions.
As you know, these funds are used to purchase recreational equipment, field trips, coffee, and office equipment for use by the veterans, and to help with social events and special outings.
Unfortunately, our Military is currently in conflict and we are again asking for your continued support and assistance in helping our veterans return to the way of life they left. We urge you to remember the BVL Creed, as follows: “For the good things of life at hand for millions of us, thousands gave their lives. In our service and Veterans Administration Hospitals are other thousands who escaped death fighting with the same spirit for the same cause. Our debt to them is profound. The least they might expect is that all of us accomplish everything within our means to restore them to normal existences.”
The bowlers of California have kept the promise made to our Veterans in 1950, “We won’t forget you”.