Letter carriers teaming up for Bowl-A-Thon Nov. 1

PLATTSBURGH - The men and women who deliver the mail through rain, sleet and snow are now teaming up to deliver dollars to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The local chapter of the National Association of Letter Carriers will take part in the first national Deliver the Cure Bowl-A-Thon Sunday, Nov. 1, hosting the event locally at North Bowl Lanes, off State Route 9 in the town of Plattsburgh.

NALC union representative Chris Jackson, who is coordinating the local bowl-a-thon, said he was approached by the MDA about hosting the event while attending a meeting in Saratoga.

"What's nice about it is the money raised stays local and helps local kids," said Jackson, who added he was excited about the idea.

Though this is the first nationally-recognized bowl-a-thon, Jackson said similar events have been held indeppendently to raise money for the MDA.

"They've been doing it down in the Troy area for about three or four years and it's actually gotten pretty big," said Jackson. "The union rep down there has to have two bowl-a-thons back to back because there are so many people."

Jackson said he hopes to grow the event at North Bowl Lanes to that much of a success. Already, interest is growing.

"We're soliciting gifts to raffle and we've already got about 30 to 35 items," said Jackson. "We've got things like a $25 gift certificate to Koto, car washes, a month free at the YMCA."

Though Jackson is still collecting items to raffle, the most important part of his job in coordinating the bowl-a-thon is getting the word out about the event.

"We just want to get people out to bowl," he said.

The Nov. 1 bowl-a-thon will be held from 1-3 p.m., and cost $15 to register per person. The cost of registration, which Jackson stressed will stay locally to help the MDA, will give participants a chance to bowl two to three games. Participants will be put in groups of five bowlers per lane.

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