ARC News Release
Bergen area business owners stopped by the Rose Garden Lanes Saturday to congratulate Jerry Menzie Jr. and the Menzie family for their success in the 38th Annual Genesee ARC Bowl-A-Thon. Jerry was the top fund raiser with a record $1,700.00 in pledges. Sisters Jillian and Julia each raised $150.00 bringing the family’s total to $2,000.00 this year!
Front row: Julia Menzie, Ellen Menzie, Jillian Menzie
Luke Giannone, Triple O Mechanical; Wendy Didas, BBT Construction; Charlie Cook, Liberty Pumps; Tom Sardou. Rose Garden Lanes, Jerry Menzie Jr., Henry Valerych, Bowl-A-Thon Chairman
Charlie Cook said Liberty Pumps has supported Jerry Menzie’s fund raising efforts for the last few years. “It’s a great family activity, for a great cause,” he said.
“It’s nice when a young person sees a need and is willing to help,” said Wendy Didas of BBT Construction. She and her husband, Greg, have supported Jerry for 8 years and admire Jerry for working so hard to raise these funds on his own.
Luke Giannone of Triple O Mechanical is also a longtime supporter of this event. “It’s inspiring to see Jerry work so hard to raise money for other people, to see him set an example,” he shared.
Jerry, 15, is a sophomore at Byron-Bergen and sisters Jillian and Julia are in 5th and 7th grades. They would like to thank all the local businesses, family members, friends, and village of Bergen residents that support this cause.
The family has been connected to the Bowl-A-Thon since it began, through the matriarch of the family, Ellen Menzie. Prior to retiring, Ellen ran the youth bowling program at the Rose Garden Lanes and volunteered to help with the ARC Bowl-A-Thon. Her son, Jerry, held the Bowl-A-Thon fund raising record for over thirty years, until his son, Jerry Jr. broke it in 2009.
To date, Jerry Menzie Jr. has raised $7,312.14, in the Bowl-A-Thon, quite a feat according to his parents. “We are proud that he and his sisters are carrying on the tradition,” his father said. Mom, Tammy Menzie agreed, “We are truly blessed as a family. To see our children committed to helping others is a wonderful gift,” she said.
Jerry Menzie Jr. carries a 172 bowling average and is a high honor student. Besides bowling, he enjoys soccer and is looking forward to golf in the spring.
Junior league bowlers at each of the four local lanes had the opportunity to participate in the Bowl-A-Thon. Top fund raisers at the other sites were: Ryan Wolcott; $296.70, Scopano’s Paradise Lanes; Benjamin Sputore, $255, Mancuso Bowling Center and Nathan Griffin, $132, LeRoy American Legion Lanes. Sixty adults with disabilities participated in the Bowl-A-Thon raising more than $3,200 and Challenger athletes joined in the fun, raising $1,385. Top Challenger fund raiser was Ashley McCormack of Darien with an impressive $875!
The annual Genesee ARC Bowl-A-Thon has raised more than $336,000 since it began 38 years ago. The chairman and event founder is Henry Valerych of the Genesee ARC Board of Directors.