CeCe, an abused and abandoned dog found by a police officer and delivered to Hope Animal Rescues, at the time of her arrival (left) and today. Dogs like CeCe are the motivation behind a Crazy Bowl fundraiser this month to support the animal rescue organization.
BETHALTO — Later this month is your chance to enjoy a night of bowling and a chance at some great prizes while helping abandoned and lonely animals.
Hope Animal Rescues is sponsoring a “Crazy Bowl” beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Airport Plaza Bowl, located at 4 Erwin Plegge Blvd.
“We’re calling it a ‘fun raiser’ because we’re keeping it fun,” says Kim Galanti, frequent volunteer for Hope Rescues and organizer for the event. “It’s just about getting people here, and having fun.”
The Crazy Bowl will feature several activities, including three games (a “9 Pin No Tap,” a Scotch Doubles game in which partners share frames, and finally the Crazy Bowl).
“Every frame is different for this one,” Galanti says, “You will bowl from a chair, between your partner’s legs, with your opposite hand, and more.”
There also will be a 50/50 raffle and prizes for the top three places. A cash bar will be available with various drink specials, and unlimited draft beer is included with ticket purchase.
“Hope is fully run on volunteers and donations, so we have several events throughout the year,” Galanti says. “We just had our trivia night. We sold out, and it was a lot of fun.”
Galanti first got involved with Hope Animal Rescues through friends who had volunteered or adopted dogs from the organization. While looking for a dog for herself, she leafed through the pictures on Hope’s website and found a dog she immediately loved.
Through her experiences at Hope, Galanti says she has become quite passionate about dogs in need.
“I’m kind of the crazy dog lady,” she laughs. “My whole Facebook wall is dogs. There is something special about working with rescue dogs and having them at home.
“Shelter dogs make the best dogs. I think they know they have been saved, and that you are their salvation.”
One story Galanti tells is of a dog at Hope whose journey she has followed closely.
“Her name is Cecelia (CeCe), and a police officer found her and brought her to Hope. CeCe had awful mange and had been abandoned and mistreated. Her spirit was so broken; she wouldn’t even look at you.”
Galanti took pictures of her each week to track her recovery. Today, CeCe has a full and beautiful coat and loves to play with the volunteers at Hope.
“She’s so sweet,” Galanti says.
Other fundraisers throughout the year for Hope Rescues include a 5k run and a formal event. Galanti says though there are two part-time workers, the majority of the work is through a volunteer network.
“We have some very dedicated volunteers,” she says.
Even so, the shelter requires ongoing funding to stay in motion.
“It requires $300,000 a month to run,” Galanti says. “We have over a hundred dogs at the sanctuary and only two part-time staff members. We have to rely on donations and fund raisers.”
Tickets for the Crazy Bowl are $20 per person or $35 per couple and include unlimited draft beer. They can be purchased online at www.hoperescues.com, or by contacting Galanti at email@example.com or (618) 219-0171.