Youth Bowler Stands Up for Veterans

March 2, 2023

Need a little motivation to make a difference? Meet Alexander Eby, an 11-year-old youth bowler from Southwest Michigan whose heart is even bigger than his game (and he’s got a pretty big bowling game). After this rising star learned about BVL last summer at Junior Gold, Alexander decided he wanted to help raise money for…

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ELAINE HAGIN (1929-2021): One in a Million

October 8, 2021

“A force to be reckoned with.” That’s how bowling proprietor and BVL Board member Lisa Ciniello recalls industry icon Elaine Hagin, the former longtime BVL Board chair who passed away this week at age 92. “She was very dedicated to BVL and a force to be reckoned with,” said Ciniello. Hagin was certainly a force…

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August 19, 2021

FAIRFAX, Va. (August 18, 2021) – BVL (Bowlers to Veterans Link) has awarded a $100,000 grant to Vet Center, a national community-based counseling center program that helps veterans transition from military to civilian life. BVL Chairman John LaSpina made the announcement during a BVL segment on the national Fox & Friends morning show as part…

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Congratulations to Bill & Barb Chrisman on Hall of Fame Selection

November 20, 2020

Congratulations to our friends and Storm co-founders Bill and Barb Chrisman on their selection as members of the USBC Hall of Fame class of 2021. Bill and Barb are two of the most beloved and generous people in bowling who are always giving back to the sport and supporting so many charities – including BVL.…

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BVL Adds Anthony Colangelo To Board of Directors

October 23, 2020

FAIRFAX, Va. (October 23, 2020) – BVL (Bowlers to Veterans Link) today announced that Anthony Colangelo of Meridian, Idaho, has joined the BVL Board of Directors. BVL is a national nonprofit 501 (c) (3) charity that funds recreation therapy programs to address the emotional and physical needs of veterans and active-duty military, including sports, music,…

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August 24, 2020

BVL Executive Director Mary Harrar will never forget the first time she met Dennis Brummitt at the 2016 USBC Convention in Las Vegas. Harrar had heard about the affable veteran who was also an all-star BVL fundraiser in Arizona. When she walked up to introduce herself, Harrar mentioned that she had been told he was…

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BVL Donates $100,000 Grant To Support New VA Therapy Programs During COVID-19 Pandemic

May 7, 2020

FAIRFAX, Va. (May 7, 2020) – BVL (Bowlers to Veterans Link) is donating a $100,000 grant to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to support two new programs – Compassionate Contact Corps and Tele-yoga therapy. These funds allow veterans to keep a virtual personal connection during the COVID-19 pandemic with programs that address essential ongoing physical therapy and…

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BVL Is Proud to Take Part in Giving Tuesday

May 1, 2020

  Giving Tuesday on May 5 is a global generosity movement ( dedicated to “doing good” around the world. In response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19, there will be a special one-day fundraising event on May 5. Your donations will be targeted to help BVL continue to support essential ongoing recreation therapy needs…

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BVL Adds Lisa Ciniello and David Kellerman to Board of Directors

February 21, 2020

FAIRFAX, Va. (February 20, 2020) – BVL (Bowlers to Veterans Link) today announced that Lisa Ciniello of Bonita Springs, Fla., and David Kellerman of Georgetown, Texas, will join the BVL Board of Directors effective immediately. BVL is a national nonprofit 501 (c) (3) charity that funds recreation therapy programs to address the emotional and physical…

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Ciniello Family, Bowland and Headpinz Entertainment Centers Donate $46,000 to BVL to Support Veteran Programs in Southwest Florida

January 23, 2020

FAIRFAX, Va. (January 22, 2020) – Six Bowland and HeadPinz Entertainment Centers in southwest Florida, led by owners Pat and Lisa Ciniello, are once again writing an impressive check to BVL to benefit veterans in Southern Florida. The $46,000 donation to BVL will be designated for Florida-based veterans’ services. BVL funds recreation therapy programs that…

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