Turkey Bowl to score a strike for the needy

November 26, 1991|By Jean Marbella OzB

In the midst of the proposal to name duckpin bowling the official state sport comes this seasonal variation:

Turkey bowling.

But while nary a duck feather is ruffled during duckpin bowling, real gobblers -- albeit frozen ones -- will play a starring role in tomorrow night's Turkey Bowl at the Fair Lanes Ritchie, 6608 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie.

For the admission price of a non-perishable food item, participants will get to join B-104 deejays Chris Emry and Larry Wax and bowl a frame or two, using a frozen turkey rather than a regular bowling ball.

"We're not afraid of being silly," said Bill Quigley, vice president of marketing of the Fair Lanes bowling alleys.

The silliness, though, is merely the bait for a weightier event -- a holiday food drive. For the next three weeks, all area Fair Lanes will accept donations of non-perishable food that they will turn over to local organizations that feed the hungry. Fair Lanes is trying to collect 20,000 pounds of food -- double last year's total -- through its 112 bowling centers nationwide.

This is the Baltimore area's second annual "Turkey Bowl," and it is co-sponsored this year by B-104.

"We're trying to have a lot of fun and also be a good corporate citizen," Mr. Quigley said.

Mr. Quigley said Fair Lanes has drawn occasional complaints in the eight years that it has sponsored the event, now held in 12 of the company's markets, from animal rights activists and those who decry the waste of food, even for the purpose of collecting more food.

"I would trade off the cost of these turkeys for 20,000 pounds of food any day," he said, adding that the company uses grade B rather than more expensive grade A turkeys.

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