PD hopes to strike it rich during annual bowl-a-thon

By: Victoria Mitchell | Royal Oak Review | Published March 28, 2017

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CLAWSON — With generous support from the community, Clawson Police Sgt. Kellie Bauss is hoping for another successful year providing students with scholarships from money raised during the annual bowl-a-thon fundraiser.

“We established this event in 2010 to give recognition to seniors graduating from Clawson High School in our community or who live in the city and attend another high school  and wish to pursue a career within the criminal justice system,” Bauss said.

The scholarship program is funded solely by the annual bowling fundraiser.

The eighth annual bowl-a-thon scholarship fundraiser will take place at 9 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at Bowl One Lanes, 1639 E. 14 Mile Road in Troy. Check-in will begin at 8 p.m.

“The bowling is good fun with neighbors, with the added benefit that it is for a good cause,” said Mayor Penny Luebs.

Participants may complete a preregistration form available at the Clawson Police Department, Clawson High School or on the city’s website by April 7.

“That is our main event,” Bauss said. “And it’s our only event for the year. We raise the money just from the bowling and our business sponsors throughout the city.”

As of early last week, 47 business sponsors stepped up to help out, including those that are donating items for raffle and door prizes that will be given out to participants throughout the night.

Bauss said she is still accepting donations, sponsorships and gifts through April 7.

“We’ll take any item,” she said. “Gift cards, services, anything that anyone wants to donate.”

Volunteers are also needed.

Bauss has received recognition for her efforts helping others in the community.

She received the Community Service Award for her bowl-a-thon work, which raised $5,499 in 2015 and about $8,000 in 2016 for the scholarship fund, and which, to date, has raised about $35,000 for students to attend the institutions of their choice.

Student scholarship applications may be picked up at the Police Department or at Clawson High School and must be returned by May 15.

Bauss also contributes through other community events.

“She has worked for several years organizing the annual Stuff a Backpack program. She has also represented the Police Department in the Trick-or-Treat Trail event and the Shop with a Hero program at the area Meijer store,” said Police Chief Harry Anderson during a prior award recognition ceremony.

Bauss has volunteered at the babysitting workshop held at the Blair Memorial Library each year.

“Sgt. Bauss is always ready to participate in many community programs in the city, and her efforts help solidify a great relationship between our Police Department and the community we serve,” Anderson said previously.