A Bowl-a-Thon inspired by the Volunteer Council of the Conway Human Development Center hopes to generate funds for the construction of a home on the campus.
Not an ordinary house by any means, but a homey domicile for parents of clients at the CHDC. The structure now in a primary stage — architects are currently drawing up construction plans — will be built adjacent to the center’s Visitation Center which, by the way, was built with funds raised by the Volunteer Council, an amalgam of local people who give of their efforts gratuitously while involved in improving the lives of disabled clients.
The parents’ house will cost in excess of $200,000.
The Bowl-a-Thon, scheduled for Friday, March 9, at the Conway Bowling Lanes on Oak Street, has a goal of $10,000 — a figure that would approximate last year’s payout.
The event titled "Come Roll With Us" carries an entry fee of $50 per person or $200 for a team of four bowlers. The fee will include bowling shoes, T-shirts, food, door prizes and entertainment. Craig O’Neal, television personality and newscaster, will serve as emcee for the occasion.
Entry forms and pledges may be obtained at the Office of Volunteer Services.
The Bowl-a-Thon is expected to be augmented handsomely by the work of Jean Porter of Little Rock, who sponsors Pool-a-Thons (billiards) in various venues in central Arkansas, including Little Rock and its environs, and works assiduously for improvements at the center.
Mrs. Porter, an indefatigable supporter and sponsor of the CHDC, is a valued worker in its fund-raising events. She is the mother of a client at the center. All money she collects during the many pool tournaments she directs will go to the fund for the parent’s home, according to Sally Sellars, volunteer program director at CHDC. "Many parents are inclined to aid the center in various ways, including fund-raising," Sellars says.
Last year, Mrs. Porter managed to garner some $6,000 during her pool playoffs. She hopes to surpass that figure this year.
Monies raised by the Volunteer Council are used to provide essential needs for some 500 mostly retarded clients at the center. These resources are used for projects not within the purview of the state government appropriations.
Since 1983, the Volunteer Council has been enriched by thousands of dollars which went for a plethora of project. The Volunteer Council has supervised the construction of the Family Visitation building, metal covers for walkways at the complex, a therapeutic swimming pool and fitness complex, a wheelchair seating simulator system for the hundreds of disabled clients, an iron fence across the perimeter of the center, improved the bathrooms and recreation equipment at the center’s park on campus, and funds for a new PA system in the CHDC’s Chapel, plus coverings for the ambulance bay and the construction of walkways and other projects, one of which is the Morton Building. This structure houses supplies and clothing. The clothing is sold on campus at various times as fund-raising events.