Ten teams competed in the July 22 Hannibal Salvation Army's “Christmas in July” Bowl-A-Thon fund-raiser at Ten Pin Alley in Hannibal. A total of $1,175 was raised. All proceeds will benefit the Hannibal Salvation Army's food pantry.

Ten teams competed in the July 22 Hannibal Salvation Army's “Christmas in July” Bowl-A-Thon fund-raiser at Ten Pin Alley in Hannibal. All proceeds will benefit the Hannibal Salvation Army's food pantry.

Ernie and Sue Giroux's team had the highest score, and each member received a one-day pass to the Kroc Center in Quincy, Ill. Team members were the Girouxs, Sue's brother Larry Taylor, his son and daughter-in-law, Rob and Chris Taylor, and Ron Melson.

After all the teams had bowled, eligible bowlers had an opportunity to win $5,000 by picking up a 7-10 split. No one won this, according to Salvation Army Gifts Advisor Matt Schmidt, coordinator of the event.

The bowlers were invited to dress for this “Christmas in July” event by wearing a favorite ugly Christmas sweater.

Several people braved the 100-degree weather to wear Christmas attire, and some added decorations.

Rob and Chris Taylor of the winning team wore decorated sweaters and hats. His featured a reindeer, and she was Snoopy.

Lexie Gordanier of Palmyra wore Christmas attire from head to toe.

Members of the Ravenscraft Realty bowling team wore Christmas sweaters. The team was composed of John Ravenscraft, Cindy Ravenscraft, Becky Heusted, Trisha Evans and Hannah Conley.

The youngest “future bowler” present was 1-month-old Kason Williams, son of Tara Enochs and Derek Williams of Columbia. Kason came with his grandmother, Melissa Meeker of Monroe City, the Hannibal Salvation Army caseworker, and Meeker's daughter, Cassandra Meeker.

The Bowl-A-Thon included a silent auction of donated items. Several items were sports-related, while others were gift certificates from local merchants and cruises on the Mark Twain Riverboat.

Schmidt and Hannibal Salvation Army Advisory Council Chairman Frannie Altheide were helping display the items, which included a photo of Cardinals pitcher Sam Tuivailala.
Robert Sapp Jr. of Quincy, Ill., was among people making bids at the silent auction. Sapp was bidding on St. Louis Cardinals tickets. He reported he has been a Salvation Army volunteer for many years.

Additional members of the Quincy Salvation Army competing included Cora Powell and Margaret Sharrow. Major Andy Miller, area Salvation Army commander, also bowled on one of the teams.

Although this was the first Salvation Army Bowl-A-Thon at the local bowling alley, it was not a rare occurrence, according to owner Ron Melson.

“We have a lot of these” Bowl-A-Thons, said Melson. Other agencies that have had them include the Hannibal Jaycees, Northeast Missouri Humane Society and Relay For Life.

As he watched the 10 teams bowl, he added, “I was real impressed in July to get this many.”

For more photos of the Bowl-A-Thon, see Seen on Scene photo gallery.

Reach reporter Bev Darr at bev.darr@courierpost.com.

Editor's note: Bev Darr is a member of the Hannibal Salvation Army Advisory Council.