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Bowl-a-Thon benefits Junior Achievement

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(Michael Krabbenhoeft/mkrabbenhoeft@saukvalley.com)
Taylor Whiles, 13, of Sterling, gets ready to release a bowling ball during the Junior Achievement Bowl-A-Thon Saturday at Plum Hollow in Dixon. Whiles was with the Bowl-A-Thon team from CGH Medical Center.

DIXON – The annual Junior Achievement Bowl-a-Thon raised more than $10,000 to benefit programs that teach students financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship.

Fourteen teams from area businesses bowled for 3 hours Saturday afternoon at Plum Hollow Family Center. Each team was asked to raise at least $300 in pledges; many raised more than the minimum.

Teams representing KSB Hospital, CGH Medical Center and Donaldson Co., among other local businesses, hooted and hollered as they rolled colorful balls at the triangular formation of pins. Some munched on pizza while others donned their blue raffle tickets as scarves and headbands.

"This event is a lot of fun," said Julie Dillie, development director for Junior Achievement of the Heartland.

About 1,400 kindergarten through high school students in the Sauk Valley participate in Junior Achievement programs this school year.

The annual Bowl-a-Thon is the first of several events in February and March expected to raise more than $300,000 for programs of Junior Achievement of the Heartland, which serves 24 counties in eastern Iowa, western Illinois and southwestern Wisconsin.

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