TORONTO, May 24, 2013 /CNW/ - On May 28th, the pins will be set and the shoes laced up tight for an evening of
bowling, beverages and ball strikes. Toronto's sports and bowl and
rock'n'roll venue, The Ballroom, is hosting this year's Merit Award
Bowling Fundraiser, and with 18 teams on the sold out roster, the
competition is enough to knock you over.
The evening's strikes and gutters will be raising funds for The Merit
Award Bursary Program, which provides bursaries to senior high school
students as an incentive to stay in school. The award - now in its 18th year - recognizes students who demonstrate commitment to their school
efforts, from their studies through to working with the community.
Merit Award recipient, Arlene, gave her thoughts on the program: "The
Merit Award Bursary was the first ever financial award that I won
because of my commitment to school and extracurricular activities… It
is a psychological factor that tells students that their work will not
While the Bowling for Bursaries event is sold out, people can still show
their support for the Merit Award by purchasing tickets here for $75. These include food and two drink tickets.
The event will be held on Tuesday, May 28th at The Ballroom, corner of
Richmond and John, and will offer a cocktail reception from 5pm, with
game time running from 6pm to 9pm. http://bowling.meritaward.ca/
The Merit Program was created by several Toronto residents in 1996 and
awarded bursaries to 20 individual high school students in the former
City of York. Over the years the program has expanded profoundly, the
most recent round of awards distributing 150 bursaries to students
across 45 secondary schools in Toronto. http://meritaward.ca/about-us
About Brian Smeenk
Brian Smeenk is The Merit's Charity Founder and has been an active Merit
board member since the bursary program's inception in 1996. On top of
his activity with Merit, Brian is an avid cyclist and has completed
both the Ride for Heart and Ride to Conquer Cancer several times. Brian
is a Toronto partner at Fasken Martineau in the firm's Labour,
Employment, & Human Rights Group.
About Jeff Harvie
Jeff Harvie is Merit's Fundraising Chair and volunteered for the group
in 2008. He is Vice President of National Sales for TD Waterhouse
Institutional Services. His undergraduate studies were completed at
Acadia, and he received his executive MBA from Rotman in 2005.
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