After a two-year hiatus, a community of friends, family and businesses returned to support the Rockwall ISD Education Foundation (REF) at their annual Bowling Classic.
The 2022 event, presented by Park Place Motorcars Dallas, is REF’s largest fundraiser. Thousands of dollars raised through team registrations and a silent auction go towards resources that would otherwise not be available to RISD learners and educators.
“It’s such a fun event,” said REF Executive Director Ashlei Neill. “I think people appreciate it because it’s different from other fundraisers, and we’re so happy to be back.”
In addition to the 144 bowlers, over 30 guests and volunteers took part in this one-of-a-kind event which included a friendly competition (between bowlers and silent bidders), a fantastic photo booth provided by Rayson’s Creations Kaptured Memories and a Mystery Tombola from bags.
REF President Lacy Deckard had this to share: “This year the Rockwall Education Foundation Bowling Tournament was a huge success. The amount we were able to raise for our teachers and students at Rockwall ISD is due to the tremendous support from our community. We had a wide range of donors and team sponsors including local businesses, educators and management teams. We certainly could not have organized such a successful event without our board members, staff and volunteers. We look forward to hosting the REF Bowling Classic again next spring and hope to see you there!
Defending Grand Champions Springer BowlDawgs-I, Park Place Pin Slayers, and Verner Brumley/Rob McGanus’ Gutter Chaos team made it to the final. Winning by a margin of 117, the Springer BowlDawgs-I retained their Grand Champion title. The First Place Loser trophy went to Drinking Team With a Bowling Problem, who faced B1Bank Loves Fate and Springer BowlDawgs-II in the consolation final.
Besides Park Place Motorcars of Dallas, other sponsors involved in the event include Silver Sponsor Rob McGanus-Verner & Brumley, lane sponsors K&S Insurance, Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson LLC and Special Products & Manufacturing. The photo booth was sponsored by Hite Digital and North Texas Indoor Digital Billboard provided digital promotions.
It couldn’t be a tournament without trophies. The Most Stylish Alley Attire award, sponsored by State Rep. Justin Holland, went to Monday Night Lights. The Top Performing Campus Award, sponsored by Rest Haven, went to RHHS. The Most Creative Team Name Award, sponsored by Lacy Deckard, went to Gutterly Ridiculous. The First Place Loser Award, sponsored by Dwight & Don’s Auto Care, was proudly accepted by Drinking Team With a Bowling Problem.
Bowling wasn’t the only feature of the event. A silent auction caught the attention of several participants who were determined to have winning bids. Auction items were generously provided by American National Bank Texas, Card My Yard-Rockwall, Chick-fil-A, Coach N BBQ, Culver’s, CycleBar-Rockwall, Heath Nutrition & Health, Lacy Deckard-Realtor, Dental Professionals of Rockwall, Divas & Darlings, Eldorado Fine Cigars, Graceful Wellness, Hilton Dallas-Rockwall Lakefront, Manny’s Uptown-Heath, Luigi’s, Order from Chaos, Racquet & Jog, Rockwall Gymnastics Academy, Rockwall ISD, Rockwall Medical Massage, Rockwall School of Music, Rockwall Sports Center, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Soulman’s, Springhill Suites by Marriott, Standard Service, The Flower Basket, Young Chefs Academy and Zanata.
Next year’s tournament will take place in the middle of spring with a few twists and changes to keep the event fun and fresh. Several new participants, such as Gerald Hendrick, president of Rockwall Wealth Advisors, have already signed up for the 2023 tournament.
“I can’t believe I’ve never been to classic bowling before, but I’ll definitely be back every year because it’s such a great time, and supporting the REF and the school district makes it even better,” Hendrick said. .
The Rockwall ISD Education Foundation was established in 2003 and is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that operates separately from the school district. REF depends on funding from community members, business partners and philanthropic friends. Funds raised support educators and learners in the district by providing resources that otherwise would not be possible; to date, REF has awarded more than $565,000 in innovative teaching grants. For more information on the REF please visit rockwallisd.com/EdFoundation.