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When the Flynn Christian Fellowship Home put together a bowling fundraiser last year, director Earl Reaves said he wasn’t sure how well it would do. The number of teams doubled at the last minute, and the Westview Lanes tournament garnered roughly $5,000 toward helping men recover from addiction.
With a month until the tournament, Reaves said he is hoping to secure more sponsorships, register more teams and collect more donations for the silent auction to make this year’s fundraiser even better.
“My favorite part last year was seeing the community really come out and support the Flynn Home,” Reaves said. “We had people from Farris & Farris, the city of Wilson and others jump in, and we had a lot of kids involved, which was cool.”
So far eight teams have signed up for the 10 a.m. event on July 27 that is sponsored by Professional Drug Screening Services. Team registration is $150 and includes shoes and lunch, but there are varying sponsorship levels starting at $100 available by contacting the Flynn Home at 252-236-8633. Supporters interested in donating to the silent auction also are encouraged to pitch in.
“We raised about $5,000 last year, so our goal is anything that exceeds that amount,” Reaves said.
The team from Stepping Stones Community Resources placed first in 2018, but the top three teams receive a trophy and bragging rights.
The money raised helps pay for supplies around the Flynn Home and supports programs for its 11 current residents. Reaves said the house has between 10 and 12 residents at a time who usually spend between three and nine months developing skills needed for independent, sober living.
Ninety-eight percent of the men are financially needy when they enter the program, but residents are required to get a job, pay rent, do chores, attend counseling and recovery program meetings multiple times a week. Since being established in 1969, the Flynn Home has helped thousands of men from Wilson County and the surrounding region who have battled addiction and won, leading fulfilling and productive lives.
“We welcome your prayers, donations of necessities and your financial support. Every gift, no matter the size, makes a big difference in the lives of those who come to us for assistance,” Reaves wrote in a message on the home’s Facebook page. “Knowing that others care and are willing to help goes a long way to help restore a man’s consciousness of self-worth and value. It also helps ensure that the Flynn Christian Fellowship Home will be here in the future for all who need us.”
For more information, to donate or to register for Bowling for Recovery, call Reaves at 252-236-8633 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.