Food Bank to Postpone Annual Bowling Tournament Funding detriment to non-profit

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File Photo 2015 - Paul Tabarez represents the Imperial Valley Food Bank at the Bowling to Strike Out Hunger event in El Centro.
File Photo 2015 – Paul Tabarez represents the Imperial Valley Food Bank at the Bowling to Strike Out Hunger event in El Centro.

The Imperial Valley Food Bank (IVFB) has postponed their annual “Bowling to Strike Out Hunger” bowling tournament, set to take place June 26, 2016.

Made aware only 26 days prior to the upcoming bowling tournament, the sudden closure of Brunswick Zone XL has led IVFB to postpone their event in hope that a solution be made among facility management and the owners to reopen the alley.

The closure of Brunswick XL means job loss and one less important recreational outlet for the Imperial Valley. For non-profit IVFB, the closure means the risk of financial loss, as the bowling tournament brought nearly $10,000 of income to the organization.

The event remains crucial to the success of IVFB as it allows the organization to meet community needs by helping 20,000 members of the Imperial Valley who suffer in food insecure homes each month. The IVFB Board of Directors will regroup in September to determine how the organization will move forward and an update to the community will be provided accordingly.