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Reedsburg Area Ambulance Director Josh Kowalke talks about Reedsburg Ambulance Crew's 37th Annual Fund Raising Bowing Tournament to raise money for the ambulance service. The 37th annual 9-pin handicap bowling tournament will be held throughout the month of Feburary.

Reedsburg Area Ambulance Service will be hosting what Director Josh Kowalke called its major “fundraiser of the year” — its 37th annual fundraiser at Brewster’s Lanes in Reedsburg.

The Reedsburg Ambulance Crew’s 9-Pin Handicap Bowling Tournament will run over three weekends in February. The tournament will consist of a total of nine “shifts” throughout the month starting at 7 p.m. Feb. 9 and ending 7 p.m. at Feb. 24. There will also be a 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. shift on Feb. 10, Feb. 17 and Feb. 24. Kowalke said every shift still has openings available for bowlers to sign up.

In the past, Kowalke said the money raised from the bowling tournament has bought equipment like new reflective coats, specialized backboards and help defer some of the costs for other equipment that isn’t normally in the budget.

“There have been a lot of things over the years that we’ve purchased and helped to make the job easier or enhance the service,” Kowalke said.

Kowalke said the tournament is a regular bowling game, but to get a strike nine pines have to be knocked down instead of 10. During each tournament shift, raffles and drawings will be conducted for prizes donated by local businesses. Prizes will also be given out after every shift for certain bowling categories like for three strikes in the tenth frame and the lowest game per shift.

“It’s a fun event for anyone who wants to bowl,” Kowalke said.

Reedsburg Area Ambulance Service EMT Courtney Schwartzer said it will be her second year volunteering at the event. She has also participated not only as a volunteer, but also as a participant on a team in the fundraiser.

“It’s fun to get with friends and bowl,” “Schwartzer said. “It’s kind of fun to meet different people from the community and make new friends.”

Kowalke said anyone looking to register for the bowling tournament can sign up by stopping by Brewster’s Lanes and filling out a registration form. Anyone can also register online through the Reedsburg Area Ambulance’s website or call Kowalke at (608) 524-3074. Registration costs $20 and bowling shoes are included in the cost.

“Normally we have 400 or 500 bowlers that come out and bowl with us over the three weekends,” Kowalke said. “It’s just a lot of fun and while you are having fun you’re supporting the local ambulance service too.”

Contact Erica Dynes at 608-393-5346 or on Twitter @EDynes_CapNews.

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