Members of the Lane-Glo Bowl family know Joann Becton. The part-time employee has been a fixture at the center for the past 15 years.
Becton has served as a league officer and has competed in countless leagues.
When word got around that Becton had been diagnosed with cancer, it didn't take long for Becton's Lane-Glo family to step up and offer help.
Lane-Glo will hold a Circle of Friends Fund-raiser on Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. All proceeds will go directly to Becton and her family.
"It was an immediate reaction to the news that Joann was taken ill. She is so popular, not just among our employees, but also among all bowlers," said Judi Moore, general manager at Lane-Glo. "People immediately wanted to do something. Since we're all bowlers we decided to have a bowl-a-thon."
Four-person teams will compete at a cost of $50 per team. The teams will battle in three games of nine pin with no tap. The top five teams will take home trophies.
Lane-Glo will sponsor the event and offer a free buffet during the 8 p.m. check-in. Immediately following the event, Lane-Glo will hold an hour of free cosmic bowling for all participants.
There will also be a silent auction for free dinners at area restaurants, floral gift certificates and other merchandise. Lane-Glo will also hold a raffle throughout the evening.
Becton also works for Seven Springs Golf and Country Club. Moore said employees at Seven Springs will help out with the fund-raiser.
"This is open to anybody who would like to come to the benefit," Moore said. "Join the circle of friends. It's bowlers helping another bowler."
Call Moore at (727) 376-5319 to put down a $25 deposit for the benefit.
LOCAL FLAVOR: Royal Lanes in Land O'Lakes will be bringing a taste of Ybor City to Pasco County this month. The center will host Club 1927 on Sept. 23 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
WFLZ FM-93.3 will be there and the lanes will be turned into a rave with a live deejay. The lights will go out for cyberbowling. Black lights, a fog machine and glow-in-the-dark pins will take center stage.
+ Hudson Bowl will bring some country flavor to the center each Friday night starting Sept. 22 by hosting Club Country from 9 to 11:30 p.m. each Friday.
The center will play country music to the added ambiance of laser lights.
300 GAMES: Sixteen-year-old Drew Markwartt collected the first perfect game of the Unity Lanes season in Zephyrhills on Aug. 26. Markwartt bowled a 300 during the Saturday Morning Youth League.
+ Steve Kenyon became the first adult to enjoy perfection during Unity Lanes league play on Sept. 7. Kenyon bowled a 300 during Thursday night's men's league.
+ Bill Eck celebrated Labor Day with a 300 game during the High Rollers Tournament at Hudson Bowl.
+ Daniel Beekman flirted with perfection but finished with a 299 at Lane-Glo Lanes North on Sept. 11. Beekman threw the gem during Monday's Merchant League.
OCTOBER TOURNAMENTS: Leisure Lanes will host a mixed scotch doubles tournament Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. The cost is $15 per team and first place is worth $100.
+ The Suncoast 600 Club is gearing up for a pair of big events next month.
First, the State 600 Tournament will be held in Leesburg on Oct 21-22. All members of the Florida State 600 Club are eligible. The field will be broken into four divisions.
And on Oct. 29, the Suncoast 600 Club will host a sanctioned singles tournament at Tarpon Lanes.
LEAGUES FORMING: Lane-Glo Lanes North still has league opening for men, women and juniors. Call Nolan Roessler at (727) 848-2566 for more information.
+ Lane-Glo Bowl has openings in its Daytime Seniors Mixed Leagues and its Tuesday Working Man's League. The Working Man's League still has room for three-man teams and individuals to fill out teams. Call Judi Moore at (727) 376-1164 for more information.
+ Leisure Lanes has openings in its Thursday Night Businessmen's League. Call Ken Howe at (727) 868-0204 for more information.
+ Hudson Bowl has room in its Wednesday Business League and its Thursday Night Scratch League. The center also has room for more youngsters in its youth leagues. Call Ron Woods at (727) 863-5481.
+ Unity Lanes has room for men and women and a few teams. Call Anthony Perony at (352) 782-5511 for more information.
+ Royal Lanes has openings in all its leagues. Call Steve Lee at (813) 949-3606 for more information.
POST YOUR LEAGUES: Those wishing to post their league standings online can do so at http://www.bowl.com.
Click on the "Add League" link first, fill out the form and enter a password to upload your standings. Leagues must be ABC/WIBC/YABA-sanctioned. You can also search the database for other leagues if you know the names and locales.
_ Wayne Grumet can be reached by e-mail at bkhwlgmsn.com