WEST ORANGE, NJ — The fifth annual Bowling for Scholarship Dollars fundraiser held at Eagle Rock Lanes in West Orange on Monday raised $4,225 this year, and has raised approximately $20,000 overall, to help provide scholarships for graduating West Orange High School (WOHS) seniors.

For $25 each, members of the West Orange Public Schools community and public supporters came together for a night of food, bowling, a 50/50 raffle and more. According to event committee chair Debi Zarro, approximately 150 bowlers and “plenty who come to support the Principal’s Scholarship Fund or cheer on their friends and help raise money by donating anyway.”

WOHS gives away ten $500 scholarships every year through monies raised at two annual fundraisers, including Bowling for Scholarship Dollars this and rotating events like the Master Chef competition and Pocketbook Bingo.

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“At a meeting five years ago, Mr. Moore said he wanted to have a fun event for all and something like a date night and bowling was born,” said Zarro. “It has been a huge success each year and parents from elementary schools come, Music Boosters is always a huge presence, district staff and West Orange Township all come and support the evening.”

Zarro also said that Eagle Rock Lanes has been supportive of this event by keeping the price steady over the last five years.

“This event is very easy to plan, as we now have a following and have come close to selling out before the night even happens,” said Zarro. “The ladies on the committee have it down to a science. Ann Cupo takes the reservations and does a tremendous job of putting people together who come as a couple or individual. Teams come with their own trophies and t-shirts all in the name of fun.”

WOHS principal Hayden Moore also participated in the event, stating that the intent of the scholarships is to give students a chance of going college with a wide range of abilities and GPAs.

“That’s the purpose of breaking up the money instead of just one big sum,” he said.

“Besides raising money for important scholarships, events like this help to bring the community together,” said Mayor Robert Parisi. “We are stronger when we work together.”

Zarro was enthusiastic that the event exceeded last year’s total.