Proceeds from the event benefit BGHS’ The Umbrella program and Domestic Violence Services of Greater New Haven, which provide safe emergency shelter, 24-hour crisis, counseling, advocacy, support and other critical services for individuals and children affected by domestic violence, organizers said
This is the 22nd anniversary of the extremely popular community event that draws about 1,000 participants each year, organizers said.
Extra bowling lanes have been added to this year’s Bowl-2-Benefit to accommodate the continued growth of the event and the addition of a second event beneficiary: DVS.
According to the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence, more than 20 persons lose their lives to domestic violence in the state annually. Last year, The Umbrella program and DVS provided free emergency safe shelter, 24-hour crisis, counseling, advocacy, support and other crucial services to more than 9,000 battered women and their children in the Lower Naugatuck Valley, Greater New Haven, Milford, Shoreline and surrounding communities. Continuing decreases in state and federal funding, coupled with increases in demand for services, make fundraising events such as the Bowl-2-Benefit critical to sustaining services for those at risk and in need.