Maria Chene and Darryl Chene, both of Clinton Township, participate in the bowling fundraiser at Astro Lanes in Madison Heights last year. Darryl is a former recipient of a scholarship for students pursuing careers in law enforcement.

Maria Chene and Darryl Chene, both of Clinton Township, participate in the bowling fundraiser at Astro Lanes in Madison Heights last year. Darryl is a former recipient of a scholarship for students pursuing careers in law enforcement.

File photo by Donna Agusti


Clawson PD’s annual bowling fundraiser set for March 8

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published February 26, 2019

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CLAWSON — The Clawson Police Department’s 10th annual Bowl-A-Thon is set for 9:30 p.m. Friday, March 8, at Astro Lanes, 32388 John R Road, south of 14 Mile Road, in Madison Heights. 

The event will raise funds for the department’s scholarship program, which benefits graduating high school seniors who either attend Clawson High School or live in Clawson and plan to major in criminal justice.

The cost is $20 per person — or $25 at the door — and includes two games of bowling, shoes, a door raffle, pizza and pop. A cash bar, a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction also will be available. All proceeds will benefit the scholarship program.

Over the last 10 years, the Police Department has raised approximately $46,000 and has given out more than 22 scholarships to students pursuing a career under the umbrella of criminal justice.

Police said that related fields include local law enforcement, federal government jobs, the FBI, forensics, forensic nursing, investigations and anything in the court system.

Police Chief Scott Sarvello said the Police Department also renews scholarships up to $2,000 per student to past recipients if there are enough surplus funds.

“Every dollar goes a long way when you’re dealing with college funds,” he said. “I have two in college, and we all have some there, so we know how that money gets spent.”

Sarvello said the fundraiser draws the community, students and parents, and members of law enforcement together for a fun evening.

“It’s a great event,” he said. “It’s good to recap at the event to see how (scholarship recipients) are doing and see where they’re at in school.”

Sgt. Kellie Bauss started the scholarship program in 2010 when she was the school liaison officer and noticed that the high school counseling office offered local scholarships for careers such as engineering and teaching, but nothing for law enforcement.

She said the annual Bowl-A-Thon is the sole fundraiser for the scholarship program.

“We’ve had anywhere from 60 to 175 bowlers,” Bauss said. “(The scholarships) vary from year to year. We’ve given anywhere from $1,000 to $2,000 (per student).”

After the Bowl-A-Thon, Bauss said, she updates the scholarship application, which can be obtained at the Clawson High School counseling office, at the Police Department or on the city’s website at www.cityofclawson.com.

She said the scholarship recipients will be announced in early May.

The deadline to preregister for the Bowl-A-Thon is March 1. 

For more information, call (248) 655-4450 or email kbauss@cityofclawson.com.

Call Staff Writer Sarah Wojcik at (586) 218-5006.

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