Strike Out Cancer coordinator Susie Erickson, right, and Wendy Fisher of WRJO Radio selected the three winners of the Money Tree raffle last week at Eagle Lanes.
Strike Out Cancer coordinator Susie Erickson, right, and Wendy Fisher of WRJO Radio selected the three winners of the Money Tree raffle last week at Eagle Lanes.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ladies Night Out Bowling League postponed its 16th annual Strike Out Cancer fund­raiser at Eagle Lanes in Eagle River until 2021 with details to follow next year. 

Because this year’s planned fundraiser also included a raffle for a Money Tree with three winners collecting $200, $100 and $50, organizers gathered last Wednesday at Eagle Lanes for the drawing.

Among those attending were Strike Out Cancer coordinator Susie Erickson, members of the committee, sponsors and Chris Kautza, gift officer for the Marshfield Clinic Health System Foundation.  

Erickson said the committee that puts on the Strike Out Cancer event and Marshfield Clinic have raised more than $120,000 in the last 10 years since they have partnered on the event.

“This event has literally helped thousands of people,” said Kautza.

Erickson also presented awards to sponsors of the event, including Marshfield Clinic, Nimsgern Steel Corp., Boone’s Building Supply, AmeriGas, Waldmann Construction, WRJO Radio and Eagle Lanes. Special plaques for the sponsors were inscribed with the words “Faith, Hope and Love.”

“The response to this event from the local business community has been fantastic,” said Erickson.

Also last Wednesday, seven lap quilts for chemotherapy patients were presented to Kautza. The quilts were crafted by Wilma Volkmann of Owatonna, Minn., and her granddaughter, and can be kept by the cancer patients.

Erickson said the bowling league committed itself to raise funds to “strike out cancer” 15 years ago.  The committee includes 10 women in the league, plus friends to encourage the involvement of others. 

The event is open to North Woods bowlers and is promoted in the Vilas County News-Review, on the radio, at Eagle Lanes and at Marshfield Clinic. The 2019 event featured 112 bowlers who collected pledges and donations.

Erickson said all the lanes were full last year as bowlers knocked down pink head pins, bought raffle basket tickets for dozens of donated prizes, played Plinko, participated in Liquor Lottery and voted for the best-decorated bra. Last year’s event raised $22,650 for the Marshfield Clinic Health System Foundation  to benefit cancer patients. 

Erickson said the 2021 event may well be the final Strike Out Cancer fund­raiser.

“Many of the members of our organizing committee have had personal experiences with cancer,” Erickson said. “They are either survivors themselves or have had close friends and family members who have fought the disease. We do this event to remember those who have passed away and celebrate with the survivors. My fellow bowlers and I feel a very personal need to do something about helping to eliminate breast cancer.”