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Tourney raises money for cancer

February 13, 2012

One of 145 participants aims for a strike in a bowling benefit held Sunday at Astro Lines in Wapakoneta. A team from Celina took first place in the fundraiser.

Nearly 150 people participated Sunday in the VFW District 2 annual fundraising bowling tournament held at Astro Lanes.

Proceeds from the tournament are earmarked to help cancer patients and their families and National Military Services, which provides assistance and support to military families in need.

In all, 29 five-person teams participated in the tournament. All the teams were comprised of VFW members or its auxiliaries in District 2. The tournament included teams from Spencerville, Celina, Sidney, Lima, Wapakoneta and St. Marys.

“It’s for a great cause,” said Delmer Merricle, organizer for this year’s tournament. “It is an annual event for us.”

The tournament was split into two shifts, with 13 teams bowling at 11:30 a.m. and 16 teams bowling at 2:30 p.m. The second- and third-place teams were honored with plaques and the top team was awarded with a plaque and shirts. With entry fees and a 50-50 drawing, more than $1,000 was raised for the two charities.

The event is hosted every four years in Wapakoneta, with the fundraiser held on a rotating basis between Wapakoneta, Delphos, St. Marys and Celina.

VFW State Commander Mort Ward was on hand and participated with one of the teams in the tournament.

“We are trying to get more alleys involved,” Merricle said.

It was Merricle’s first time organizing the event and he said he was happy with the large turnout.

The top three teams placing in the tournament were:

First place – Mort Ward, Scott Grey, Chaz Pase, Eric Copeland and Joe Post, of Celina.

Second place - Kevin Crits, Steve Crits, Dave Debbelt, Tuzz Hobbs and Steve Oakman, of Spencerville.

Third place - Joe Chezk, Denise Oakman, Darryl Hollar, Ron Chook and Jay Stephen, of Spencerville.

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