EASTON — Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore raised about $19,000 for Mid-Shore students at its inaugural Bowl-a-Thon.

The fundraiser was held at Easton Bowling Center on Monday, April 29, and 96 bowlers from Caroline, Dorchester and Talbot counties participated. The amount raised is enough to teach 500 Mid-Shore students.

“We sold out a lot quicker than we were anticipating,” said Junior Achievement Development Manager Lisa Thornton. “The community was very enthusiastic right from the start. Everyone had a lot of fun, and we appreciate the community’s outpouring of support.

“Because of the success of this year, we are planning on doing more than one Bowl-a-Thon next year,” she said. “We think maybe a two-day Bowl-a-Thon would work well. We definitely have bigger and better things on the horizon.”

The two main sponsors for the fundraiser were Out of the Fire in Easton and Wye Financial and Trust.

Teams raising more than $500 were BFG Financial Advisors, Out of the Fire 1, Split Personalities (Shore United Bank), Out of the Fire 2, Out of the Fire 3, Straight Out-of-Pocket (Avery Hall), Marketeers (Shore United Bank), Livin’ on a Spare (Nagel Farms) and Morgan Stanley.

Teams raising more than $250 were Snifter Dogs (Hair o’ the Dog & Snifter’s), Sweet Swingin’ Saints (Shore United Bank), Unbowlievables (Shore United Bank), Gutter Gals(Shore United Bank), Denton’s Dream Team (Shore United Bank) and Delmarva Power.

Teams raising more than $100 were Provident State Bank, Spare Change (Shore United Bank), Incredibowl Hulks (Shore United Bank), Grant’s Girls and Choptank Transport 1 and Choptank Transport 2.

The Most Valuable Fundraiser award went to BFG Financial. Out of the Fire placed first, Benson and Mangold placed second and Avery Hall placed third.

For more information about Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore, visit www.juniorachievement.org/web/ja-easternshore.

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