ROCKINGHAM — Bowling has gone to the dogs — or at least the proceeds from a recent tournament will.
The Humane Society of Richmond County held its second annual Bark and Bowl at Strikers Bowling Alley in Rockingham Monday night.
Bowlers from nine teams — representing Cathy’s Clippers, Pat’s Kitchen, Modern Woodmen, Alfredson’s Import Repair, Richmond County, Rockingham Fitness and the Alley Cats — laced up their rented bowling shoes and scored strikes, spares and even gutter balls to raise money to help animals needing homes.
Several doggie bags filled with toys and treats were donated by the Modern Woodmen of America Youth Service Club.
Brandy Alfredson, secretary for the Humane Society, said some local businesses and organizations donated, paying for team entries, even though they weren’t present. She said the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office paid for two teams.
“The main reason we like to do this is it gives back to the animals in the shelter and is a good family activity that brings the community out,” she said.
For bowlers working up an appetite, there were hot dogs, dog-designed cupcakes and a dog bowl-shaped cake.
The Humane Society also raffled off four gift baskets and held a 50/50 raffle.
There were no real winners for the bowling tournament, Alfredson said. “Everybody just pays to play.”
She said the Humane Society tries to hold two fundraisers per year.
Alfredson said the next event will be the second annual Tossin’ for Tails Cornhole Tournament Sept. 20 at Richmond Pines Country Club.
Reach reporter William R. Toler at 910-817-2675.