The community’s spirit of giving was on display Saturday night inside Town Hall Lanes during the Panthers for a Cure Cosmic Rock-N-Bowl event to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Rhode Island.
People all ages showed up at the duckpin bowling establishment for Cosmic Rock-N-Bowl, one of many events the Panthers for a Cure group will host through Feb. 22 in hopes of landing senior DJ Anderson the prestigious honor of LLS Student of the Year in Rhode Island.
Friends, family, and business owners were included in the group of 140 people who bowled in hopes of moving Panthers for a Cure closer to its goal of raising $50,000. More than 40 prizes were collected for the evening, and sponsors were obtained for all of the lanes.
Carla Mulhearn, executive director of the LLS Rhode Island chapter, said “caring and sharing” were trademarks of Saturday night’s event.
“It was so wonderful being here for tonight’s bowling event for DJ’s Student of the Year campaign,” she said. “It was so humbling to see what happens when a selfless individual and the community come together to raise money for such a wonderful cause …This was a total team effort and it showed. I was so proud of DJ and his team for all their hard work.”
“This was a terrific night,” said Richard Boehm, a battalion chief with the Johnston Fire Department. “Hats off to DJ and those Johnston High School Panthers for a Cure.”
Business owners like Jarrod C. Lewis, who owns and operates J. Christopher Real Estate Group in Lincoln, put a team together to bowl and help the Anderson raise money for LLS and the “Student of the Year” title.
“These guys are having so much fun,” said Dan Brown, vice president of the Johnston Historical Society, who was on hand to support the cause as a member of Lewis’ team, which also included Johnston High School Hall of Famer Kevin Brown, Onyx Del Val, David Ferranti and Ray Zanni. “What a special event.”
Panthers for a Cure is also running an online Pampered Chef Party, which will run through Feb. 20. Twenty-five percent of sales will go directly to LLS through Anderson’s campaign.
The all-volunteer student group is in need of sponsorship for a program book ad campaign for the grand finale on Feb. 23 at Kirkbrae Country Club in Lincoln, when the totals from all competing high school teams around the state will reveal what student wins a college scholarship for his or her efforts in the LLS campaign.
Those who would like to place an advertisement or make a donation on behalf of Panthers for a Cure may send a check made payable to DJ Anderson (SOY Candidate), c/o DiSarro Anderson Law Offices, 1200 Hartford Ave., Suite 109, Johnston, RI 02919.