Today at OCA we would like to thank everyone who attended, sponsored, volunteered, and supported OCA for our 2nd Annual Bowl-a-thon. It was a fun and exciting event for our families and community partners. Aloma Bowl was full to capacity with all 32 lanes occupied and over 200 guests in attendance.
Fundraising Chair Beni Negron and her team put on an amazing silent auction with over 60 items for patrons to bid on. With a variety of selections ranging from golf packages, a BBQ grill, theater tickets, resort vacations, theme park tickets, jewelry, restaurant gift cards, to an autographed Blake Bortles jersey. There was something for everyone to bid on!!
While each of our 32 bowling teams enjoyed bowling and spending time with their family and teammate, volunteers from Bishop Moore High School, Rollins College; including the Bonner’s Leaders and the JUMP program & the Winter Park High School Beta Club served them pizza and refreshments. In addition, the volunteers helped check-in bowling teams, assign bid numbers, sell 50/50 raffle tickets, clean up and much more. A special thank you to all of our volunteers!!
Another special component to the event was that the adults in OCA’s AVT- Main & West Campus’ handcrafted all of the door prizes for the Bowl-a-thon. Each adult used their own talent and ability in making these unique items, which included hand painted coaster sets, etched glassware, seasonal candle holders, gemstone accented jewelry and much more. These items are also sold each Friday at the Windermere Farmer’s Market and in the ShopOCA section of our website: www.GoOCA.org or by emailing Programs@GoOCA.org for an order form.
As a fundraising incentive, each bowling team was given a list of prizes for the teams that raised the most money. The results were: 1st place- Evan Pryor’s High Fivers- raising $1970; 2nd place- We’ve been Framed- $1475 and 3rd place OCA Staff- $1200. Way to go bowling teams!!!
Every year OCA likes to recognize parents, community sponsors and businesses for their continued support to OCA. The following awards were given out during the Bowl-a-thon:
The Spirit Award is an award that is presented to those individuals that have been lifted up by the Spirit of OCA, making it a daily goal to share the joy with members of their family and community. These individuals bring the energy to our program that makes it possible to keep going. They carry a gift of commitment, compassion, and determination for all that is right. This year’s recipients were: Donna Barley, Tracy Lattanzi and Shelly Langdon.
Eagle Pride Award– This is a business selected for their demonstration of pride and commitment and wanting to ensure that children with special needs have all of the opportunities to be successful this year in our summer camp. They believed in their efforts of making OCA a place where every member of our community is welcomed and embraced as part of not only our family, but theirs. They go above and beyond to tell the world how great life can be when we all work together toward a common goal. By holding a special place in their heart for OCA and our goals, these individuals make OCA a special place for special needs. This year’s recipient was Siemens Corporation.
Eagle Soar Award-The SOAR Award is given to an individual or businesses whose efforts help our participants soar towards their dreams and goals. These efforts demonstrate a reverence for dignity, independence, and personal strength, like the mighty eagle. This year’s recipient has been committed to OCA not only on a personal level but a spiritual level. This year’s recipient was First Baptist of Windermere.
The highlight to the event was that OCA raised over $45,000 to go towards our programming. Thank you to our emcee Dave Cocchiarella, photographer Steve Waddall, Tarsus Hunt of Millennium Team Sports for donating all of our volunteer t-shirts, and to all of our corporate sponsors: Avertt, Warmus and Durkee, Binca Imaging Group, Dr. Darwin Clark, Eola Technology Partners, Fusilier Realty Group, Hoyt and Bryan Attorneys at Law, MLC Theming, PCL Construction, Squareberry, The Spine and Scoliosis Center and Wells Fargo. A very special shout out to our families who help make the day a huge success!!
Check out all of the photos from this amazing event by clicking HERE.
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