The lanes at 300 Atlanta were packed with almost 35 Atlanta-area companies for the fifth annual “Bowling For Education” fundraiser Nov. 5. The event, which supports the Simon Youth Foundation, raised a record-breaking $112,250 this year, exceeding the initial fundraising goal of $100,000.
The event is organized and presented by the Atlanta and Carolina-area Simon Malls, which includes Town Center at Cobb mall in Kennesaw.
The event featured a silent auction and some friendly bowling competition with food and drinks. The silent auction, which included a variety of gifts from Broadway in Atlanta, Pike Nurseries and The Fresh Market, helped to raise over $5,000 in additional funds for the foundation. Popular items included Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta Hawks tickets, LEGOLAND Discovery Center tickets, Kate Spade wallets and a Kay Jewelers diamond necklace.
Since the inception of the fundraiser in Atlanta, the Atlanta-area Simon malls, with support of local businesses, have raised more than $500,000 for SYF.
Established in 1998, SYF helps support students considering dropping out of high school by providing them with the set of skills they need to pursue secondary education and career paths. SYF helps at-risk youth achieve success through Simon Youth Academics, as well as through scholarships. The foundation provides more than $10,000 in scholarships to graduating Georgia seniors annually and has awarded more than $230,000 in the last 12 years.