FULTON, Ill. — The time has come, once again, to lace up the bowling shoes and head to the lanes for the third annual Fulton Chamber of Commerce Cosmic Bowling fundraiser.
Beginning at 5:30 p.m. May 16, at Triple Play in Fulton, the cosmic bowling event is designed to raise money for the chamber of commerce and a project they have been working on diligently since December 2013 — replacing the 30-year old Christmas lights that hang in the city’s downtown district during the holiday season.
”We’ve already raised about $1,500 of the nearly $8,000 that we’ll need,” chamber of commerce director Heather Bennett said. “We knew it was going to be an ongoing project so this is another attempt at raising money for that.”
The money raised during the bowling event will come from a $200 fee, each team is required to pay to enter the tournament and while some of that money will be used to cover expenses for the cosmic bowling night, approximately 75 percent of those proceeds will go to Christmas light funding.
But in order to generate those funds community participation is required and so far the chamber of commerce hasn’t gotten a single team committed to bowling in the event.
Despite not having any teams signed up at this point, Bennett isn’t feeling concerned just yet.
”The teams usually wait until the last minute to sign up anyway,” she said. “Hopefully teams will sign up but this town’s very good about supporting a cause so I’m sure we’ll have the 10 teams we’re expecting.”
That optimism has never failed her in the past either, as previous cosmic bowling events have generated as much as $1,600 to benefit the community. And she thinks because this year’s donation dedication is something most of the residents of Fulton believe in and want to support, the chamber will have no problem getting people involved.