WEST ORANGE, NJ — Eagle Rock Lanes hosted the annual Bowling for Scholarship Dollars fundraiser on Saturday led by West Orange High School (WOHS) principal Hayden Moore. 

Moore could be seen throughout the event greeting guests and thanking them for their support as they came through the doors.

“We have at least 23 lanes and a line to the door,” said Moore. “I’m really grateful, and thank you to everyone who came out today.” 

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Participants included parents of WOHS students as well as alumni, teachers, township law enforcement, board of education members and other township officials. Many guests return year after year to support this event.

“We’ve raised $30,000 since I became principal five years ago, and we’ve given out about 20+ scholarships,” said Moore. “We’re hoping to raise $4,000 tonight.” 

Bowling for Scholarship Dollar’s goal last year was $3,000, proving that this fundraiser sets the bar higher every year. The Principal’s Scholarship, which is a branch-off of the West Orange Education Fund, is geared toward helping students that show financial need, academic success and community involvement.

“Bowling for Scholars is such a great cause,” said Elizabeth Hughes, a WOHS parent.

In the 1960s, there was a television show called “Bowling for Dollars” on which people bowled to win various prizes based on how well they performed. With Bowling for Scholarships, WOHS has put a new spin on an old classic.

“We have 118 pre-sale tickets sold,” said WOHS secretary Debi Zarro. 

The evening was filled with fun and laughter, and the event ended with the community coming together for a great cause.