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Money to spare! Local Girl Scouts raise thousands for hurricane victims at bowling fund-raiser - Brooklyn Paper

Money to spare! Local Girl Scouts raise thousands for hurricane victims at bowling fund-raiser

Bowl of love: Girls Scouts Elena Marquez, Samantha Roberts, and Malia Rodriguez used the power of bowling to raise $2,000 for Puerto Rican hurricane victims during a bowl-a-thon fund-raiser on Feb. 10.
Photo by Caroline Ourso

These girls are on a roll!

Four local Girl Scouts used their spare time to fill the lanes of Sunset Park bowling alley for a Feb. 10 fund-raiser to help kids in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico.

“They wanted to do something for kids affected by the hurricanes,” said Troop 2672 leader Jeannie Jackson. “There were different ways we spoke about raising money, and they were set on doing the bowling.”

The pint-sized philanthropists — Elena Marquez, Samantha Roberts, Dahlia Sussman, and Zola Coppa, all 10-years-old — rallied 16 friends to participate in their day of doing good at Melody Lanes on 37th Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues.

Each kid, including the four organizers, brought in $60 or more in donations, resulting in a total of $2,000 in contributions toward rebuilding and relief efforts on the island territory slammed by Hurricanes Irma and Maria last year, according to Jackson.

And local businesses including Mazzola Bakery in Carroll Gardens as well as Boerum Hill’s Exit 9 Gift Emporium and Mia’s Brooklyn Bakery donated prizes awarded to the best bowlers and Marquez — who brought in more than $700, the most money of the bunch, the troop leader said.

The youngsters’ threw the fund-raiser as part of an effort to earn the highest honor scouts their age can receive: the Bronze Award, which is bestowed to teams of girls that make a difference in the lives of those in need, according to Jackson, who said the local foursome will also meet displaced Puerto Rican tykes currently living in the city as they work to nab the honor.

Funds from the bowling event will be donated to a special storm-relief fund operated by do-good group Save the Children, which has volunteers on the ground in Puerto Rico to address the needs of kids and families there, according to the organization’s website.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Strike: Girl Scout Zola Coppa, is ready to roll for Puerto Rico at Melody Lanes on Saturday.
Photo by Caroline Ourso

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