Viewfinder: Bowling Benefit Held to Help Tornado-torn Ringgold
About 50 people showed up Friday night at the Paulding Bowling Center in Dallas to raise funds for Ringgold schools to help in continuing recovery efforts from the April tornado.
When the tornado ravaged her hometown of Ringgold in April, Maria Baker was heartbroken. Ringgold also is the hometown of her mother and the town where her grandparents, aunts and uncles still reside.
"It devastated the whole town, but they've pulled together," she says.
To help them in their efforts, Baker, one of the managers of the Paulding Bowling Center, helped organize this past Friday’s bowling benefit to aid Ringgold tornado victims with the assistance of Harold Bowman, the Paulding County Board of Commissioners, the Paulding Chamber of Commerce and Pirate Printing owner Larry Jernigan as the sponsor. Jernigan's business was chosen the 2010 Business of the Year by the Paulding Chamber.
"We hope we can send the Ringgold Board of Education a big, fat check," Baker said.
Anyone who could not make it to the bowling event but would like to donate may call Baker or Bowman at 770-445-5477 or stop by the bowling center, 1132 Old Harris Road off U.S. 278 in Dallas.