Two pre-pharmacy students at The University of Toledo want to put cancer where it belongs — in the gutter.
Ryan Brown and Jake Garfield, members of the Pharmacy Ambassadors & Pre-Professional Organization, are hosting a “Strike Out Cancer” bowling tournament to raise money for the Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center.The tournament will start at 9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, at Southwyck Bowling Lanes, 5255 Heatherdowns Blvd.
“I wanted to do something to give back to the University because of all the opportunities that I have received here,” Brown said. “I couldn’t think of something better than the Dana Cancer Center.”
The event will be nine-pin, no-tap format, which means that nine pins will equal a strike. The tournament also will be a Dutch Doubles system, where two bowlers on each team play alternate shots throughout the night.
Each pair will play three games that are scored and totaled with the top three teams winning cash prizes of $80, $60 or $40. To be eligible for the cash prizes, the team must consist of one male and one female.
“It’s a fun way to bowl,” Brown said. “I did something similar in high school. It was on a smaller scale, but it was a good time. I thought if we brought it to UT, it would be a big hit.”
Brown and Garfield are trying to recruit 350 teams for the Halloween-themed tournament. Registration is $15 by Sunday, Oct. 11, and $20 afterward. The evening will include a costume contest, door prizes, a raffle, music, concessions and a cash bar for those 21 and older.
“Ryan and I have become close friends this past year, and we are really excited about the response we have received,” Garfield said. “We wanted to find a way to give back, and we think this is a great way to do so.”
“We also like that the money would stay in this area and benefit local people,” Brown said. “We have big goals for where we want to see this go and how much money and awareness this will raise. It all starts with us.”
To sign up for the tournament or donate toward the cause, go to http://utole.do/gp.