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5th annual Bowl for the Cure set for May 17 at Nesbit's Lanes

Aaron Loughner | For The Plum Advance Leader - Shelby Noval of Plum gets in a little practice for the fourth annual Bowl for the Cure event at Nesbit's Lanes.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Aaron Loughner | For The Plum Advance Leader</em></div>Shelby Noval of Plum gets in a little practice for the fourth annual Bowl for the Cure event at Nesbit's Lanes.
Aaron Loughner | For The Plum Advance Leader - Mark Chernok practices for the fourth annual Bowl for the Cure event at Nesbit's Lanes.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Aaron Loughner | For The Plum Advance Leader</em></div>Mark Chernok practices for the fourth annual Bowl for the Cure event at Nesbit's Lanes.
Aaron Loughner | For The Plum Ad - Josh Garland, 9, and Bryan Hite win a prize by getting a strike. Teams get into practice in the fourth annual Bowl for the Cure event at Nesbit's Lanes in Plum.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Aaron Loughner | For The Plum Ad</em></div>Josh Garland, 9, and Bryan Hite win a prize by getting a strike. Teams get into practice in the fourth annual Bowl for the Cure event at Nesbit's Lanes in Plum.

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Striking down cancer

When: 1 to 4 p.m. on May 17; registration at 12:30 p.m.

Where: Nesbit's Lanes, 3501 Leechburg Road, Plum

Entry amount: $20 per bowler on a five-person team, $100 team total.

Payment: Make checks payable to Bowl for the Cure, and send them to Seanna Bell, 145 Jackson Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15239.

Deadline: Entries must be submitted by April 17.

Contact: Bell can be reached at 412-793-5546 or bowlforthecure@comcast.net.

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Seanna Bell is more than a recreational bowler.

Bell, 24, of Plum, is an amateur bowler who for the past five years has used her passion for a good cause.

Bell is organizing the fifth annual Bowl for the Cure Event on May 17 at Nesbit's Lanes in Plum.

Bell said she continues to volunteer for the cause because of the new people each year who are a part of the event.

“There are more survivors there every year,” she said. “Last year, two new survivors joined in.”

The four annual fundraisers have raised $10,000 for the Pittsburgh affiliate of the Susan G. Komen foundation, Bell said.

The national event, in conjunction with the United States Bowling Congress — an oversight committee for bowling tournaments — has raised more than $9 million.

Bell said she is aiming again to register 120 bowlers. Each participant bowls three games of nine pins with no tap, meaning any bowler who knocks down nine or more pins on his or her first ball is awarded a strike.

Bowlers are asked to wear pink shirts for the event. Pink is the international color to signify breast cancer awareness.

The event also includes a Chinese auction with about 30 baskets and a 50/50 raffle, and pizza, soda and a snack are served during the event.

An awards ceremony takes place the final game.

In addition to bowlers, Bell is looking for sponsors and donations.

Bell said the event gets more popular each year with more baskets and sponsors.

“Trying to top it each year is getting challenging,” Bell said.

Karen Zapf is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8753.

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