Unfortunately, all kids don't get the same start in life.  Circumstances they don't control leaves them without family and on their own.  Howard Potter is one of those kids.

"I grew up at The House of Good Shepard in Utica from 11 years of age to 18," says Howard.  But it was what he learned there that enabled him to become what he is today.  "It was a safe environment and I had structure."

Howard is a successful business owner, (A & P Master Images in Utica), a family man, and a guy who remembers how he got here. He also has a love for bowling.  A one time average of 200, he'd tell you he's tossed his share of balls down an oiled lane. That passion combined with a desire to see other kids get a chance to succeed leads us to his 9th Annual Bowl-A-Thon.  And it's appropriately named, "Kids Future."

The event has raised over $40,000 over the past 8 years and Howard says 99% of the money goes directly to the kids. "We buy the kids pizza parties which brings them together in a family setting. We've bought books, Christmas presents, murals for the therapy rooms, art supplies. These funds are used for multiple things these kids wouldn't normal have the funds for."

Sponsorship's help cover the costs of bowling alley rental, shoes, shirts and prizes and there are 4 levels that start at $150.  And of course funds are raised bowlers participating in a fun filled night April 7 at Pin-o-rama Lanes from 6 - 9pm.

Warning, bowling has sold out the past two years, so book early.  Forms for both sponsorship's and bowling are at their Face Book page.


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