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Junior Achievement fundraises through bowling at Tulalip Resort, Strawberry Lanes

TULALIP — The Tulalip Resort Casino has paired with Junior Achievement of Snohomish County for a duo of fun fundraising bowling events, designed to get the ball rolling for kids enrolled in the nonprofit's programs.

Part of the annual Bowling Classic, a statewide event which takes place on various dates throughout the spring, teams composed of members from various organizations compete in two-hour shifts at local bowling alleys. An added twist this year is an afternoon of "Virtual Bowling" at the Tulalip Resort Casino, and a 1970s-themed costumed session of "Cosmic Bowling" organized by the Tulalip Resort Casino at Strawberry Lanes in Marysville.

On Thursday, March 14, the Tulalip Resort Casino's Orca Ballroom will be transformed into a virtual bowling tournament center from noon to 6 p.m., during which participants can challenge themselves and others on Wii and Xbox. While "rolling" their best curves or hook balls, they'll also learn more about Junior Achievement of Snohomish County, and get entered into a drawing for prizes. The cost is $6 per bowler, or $24 for a team of four.

Strawberry Lanes teams will have a selection of three time slots on Tuesday, May 28, to perfect their delivery and strive for a "six-pack" during "Cosmic Bowling." Prizes will be awarded to the top three scoring groups, as well as to the best '70s-era team costumes. Fundraising goal entry fees are $150 per bowler, or $600 for a team of four, and there's an additional $10 fee for shoe rental. Available times run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 3-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.

Junior Achievement of Snohomish County is dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. The Bowling Classic will raise funds to support Junior Achievement's K-12 programs on work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy, and will also allow more students to participate in Junior Achievement's showcase programs — JA Biztown and JA Finance Park. The organization promotes belief in the potential of young people.

The Tulalip Resort Casino is located at 10200 Quil Ceda Blvd. in Tulalip, and Strawberry Lanes is located at 1067 Columbia Ave. in Marysville.

For more information, email bowling@jawashington.org or garyh@jawashington.org.

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