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Volume 3, Issue 18, The 122th Edition
By Angel Zobel-Rodriguez

      I've remained silent on the tragedies of September 11 out of respect for the families involved. As Jay Leno said on his return to the television airwaves, what so many of us do seems downright insignificant when compared to the events that transpired on that morning and the days since. Who really cares how many organizations we have, or what they charge to be a member of any of them when the safety of our skies, our buildings, and our citizens is in question.

      I've been paralyzed by the incidents, and putting words to the events we've all witnessed hasn't been easy. Trying to feel the emotions has been difficult, trying to put words to it has been even harder, and trying to figure out how to respond to the tragedy was simply out of the question.

      But somehow, AMF, of all the bowling-related companies, came along and has given bowlers an opportunity to help the firefighters and police families that were lost or injured trying to save other people's lives in the World Trade Center attack.

      On October 7th, bowlers can participate in a bowlathon. From noon to 3 p.m., anyone bringing in $50 in pledges will be allowed to bowl for free. And not just "B"owlers with a capital "B." Anyone capable of throwing a bowling ball down the lane is welcome. So bring your family, bring your office, bring your congregation, bring anyone, or come alone. For those people who were looking for the right cause, the right statement, the right way to pay your respects to the people who lost their lives trying to save the victims of the World Trade Center, please contact your local AMF center and get details.

      AMF is donating the lineage for all the games, giving free shoe rental, and absorbing all administrative costs with a goal to raise $3 million. AMF has 400 centers across the U.S. with a total of 16,000 lane beds. They're hoping to get at least four people to bowl on each lane, for a total of 64,000 people across America with donations of at least $50 each.

      I will be there, as will my son. Trying to explain the events of the last two weeks to a sixth grader has been very difficult. Picking up a bowling ball and raising money to help the families not only gets my family back in the swing of things, it feels natural. It feels right. Please join me by visiting your local AMF center, and if you live in an area that does not have an AMF center, please contact me on how you can sponsor a bowler who is.

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