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Bowling for Pleasantview

Posted: March 14, 2011 1:22 p.m.
Updated: March 14, 2011 3:30 p.m.

Bruce Bingham bowls for Pleasantview at Valencia Lanes.

 

Pleasantview Industries recently held its 12th annual Bowling Tournament and Fundraiser at Valencia Lanes.

Approximately 120 bowlers participated in the tournament to raise funds for the programs at Pleasantview, a local nonprofit that has been serving individuals in the Santa Clarita Valley over the past 42 years.

The event was hosted by Bill Mossontte, owner of Valencia Lanes, and his staff. Mossontte has been host and MC for the event since its beginning.

"Bill makes the evening go," said Pleasantview Board President Del Guyer. "He makes the event fun for all and helps us raise the most money possible."

Activities included a silent auction, 50/50 drawings and prize giveaways. Two of the most sought after auction items included a Pittsburgh Steelers helmet signed by Terry Bradshaw and a foursome at the Tournament Player's Club golf course.

The fundraising tournament has become popular with league bowlers associated with the bowling center. Two teams were comprised of Pleasantview program participants and staff.

Bruce Bingham, a Pleasantview program participant since 1988, bowled in the event.

  "I had a good time and I come every year," said Bingham. "We need money to keep the Pleasantview programs because the politicians in Sacramento keep threatening to cut us more."

Pleasantview Executive Director Gerry Howard agreed.

"The current level of threat to our services is unprecedented," said Howard. "We are now trying to fight proposed cuts to the statewide system that serves persons with developmental disabilities and asking legislators to reduce the damage to community providers like Pleasantview so we can continue to provide the services that these individuals need."

Pleasantview, established and operating in the SCV since 1969, provides work services, support services and community job placement for over one hundred individuals on a daily basis.

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