A Monroe native’s New Hampshire bowl-a-thon raised over $10,000 for the memorial fund for Chase Kowalski, a Sandy Hook school shooting victim with roots here.
“We had about 20 teams” of four-bowlers, wrote Sharon Pirhala, who coordinated the event, in an email to The Courier.
Several Masuk alumni were in attendance: Jim Pallock (1983), Janice Smeriglio (1983), and Otto Pernek (1986).
“The nearly 30 raffle prizes (most of them secured by Jeff Paradis) were a huge hit and brought in hundreds of dollars,” Pirhala wrote. “I raised $3700+ for my team; Chuck LaFreniere and Kris Bowen raised $1,600, and Biggi and Andy Damm raised $1,500! There were very few dry eyes in the house when Becky Kowalski phoned to thank us. It was a GREAT day.”
Becky Kowalski, Chase’s mother, was a classmate of Pirhala’s, both graduating from Masuk in 1986, and Chase’s father Stephen graduated from Masuk 1983.