This one is great fun for parents and children. Find out which local alley offers the best package deal for your organization and don’t be afraid to request free shoes for all bowlers, a free soda from the bowling alley’s café, and bowling alley passes to give away as prizes.
Stop by your favorite haunts with a letter requesting donations. Restaurants, boutiques, pet stores, pizza parlors, or grocery centers, are all a good place to make your pitch. Most places will be able to tell you on the spot whether they can help out, and the others will either say, “No,” or they’ll take your letter to give to their manager or send to “corporate.” (And don’t assume that means “no”; plenty of great prizes come to us after letters are received by the proper persons at the companies’ headquarters.)
Never underestimate the power of food to keep bowlers active, alert, and happy. If you can get food donated, great! If not, order low-cost munchies such as pizzas, subs, hot dogs, veggies and dips, or other finger foods. Avoid messy items like casseroles, salads, and soup – they are too difficult to eat in a crowded situation and the bowling alley won’t appreciate having to repeatedly clean up spills.