Media Celebrity Bowling


Image caption: Local media talent from Time Warner Cable News, WKSE-FM Kiss 98.5, 97 Rock, WBEN NewsRadio 930, and WBBZ-TV participated in the JA Media Celebrity Bowling Challenge. -Courtesy of JA of WNY

Change, determination, and innovation are what steered Junior Achievement of Western New York to the hearts of local media talents. In Buffalo, NY, local media celebrities compete in a five-frame bowling showdown, during the Media Celebrity Bowling Challenge.

According to JA President Laurie Mahoney, "Last year's event raised $168,444."

Each year, "Proceeds from the JA Bowl-A-Thon make it possible for Junior Achievement to reach over 15,200 Western New York students in 165 schools and community centers."

The winner of the event not only gets bragging rights, but also walks away with the JA Golden Bowling Pin. This year, the teams competed on Jan. 13.

The event's purpose is to raise awareness of Junior Achievement and for the upcoming March JA Bowl-A-Thon. "Now in its 32nd year, the JA Bowl-A-Thon is Junior Achievement of WNY's largest bowling fundraiser, raising nearly one-third of JA of WNY's total operating budget.

"The 2016 winner of the JA Golden Bowling Pin was Lou Anne Wenerski, from WBBZ-TV. There were first and second place prizes as well but the most good-humored prize went to Kim Piazza from WBBZ-TV, for having the lowest bowling score.

During the event, the media talents enjoyed interacting with JA students from the local schools: Smallwood Elementary School and Maryvale Intermediate and Middle School.

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