A MESSAGE FROM AARON PELTO
Managing Broker of Big Bear/Glow Machine LLC
Our company’s mission and vision reach far beyond simply selling products and making money. We believe that success brings with it the responsibility to give back to others. As we continue to succeed, it is our desire to invest in the other organizations to help them succeed as well. One example of our philanthropic activities is our sponsorship of the Bowlers for Veterans League (BVL).
The bowling industry has played an instrumental role in the success of both Big Bear and our products, and we are deeply committed to them. We are also deeply committed to supporting our troops who have fought and made such great sacrifices to preserve our freedom. We could think of no better way to show our sincere appreciation to both than by partnering with and supporting the efforts of BVL.
For every Web Glow Machine sold to an establishment in the bowling industry, we donate $50 to BVL, and this sponsorship will continue indefinitely. You can read more about our sponsorship of BVL below and at http://www.bowlforveterans.org/whatsnew.html.
We encourage all of our customers, partners, friends and visitors to our website – regardless of industry – to consider partnering with us to support the work of this worthy organization. As you will discover below, BVL works tirelessly to enhance the lives of those who have selflessly given so much of themselves for each of us and our country. To learn more about how YOU can help support BVL and its programs, please visit their website at www.bowlforveterans.org.
BVL is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1942 during World War II by a group of caring bowlers who promised, “We will not forget about the sacrifices made by America’s service men and women.” The organization offers a wide variety of bowling-related programs and activities to active duty military personnel and veterans – particularly those in veteran’s hospitals recuperating and rehabilitating from service-related injuries and disabilities.
BVL is the sport of bowling’s oldest and most successful charity, and the only national sports organization specifically devoted to veterans. Of the $37 Million in contributions it has raised over the years, 88% of that money has gone directly to fund its programs and services.
Among BVL’s many popular programs is its Portable Lane Campaign. Through this program, BVL ships to active duty troops stationed around the world a lightweight, portable, carpet bowling lane kit, complete with a rubberized bowling ball, ten pins and score sheets. The Portable Lane kit affords our troops an outlet for some much-needed “back home” fun, recreation and competition during down times – no matter where they are stationed. Some of the recipients of BVL’s portable lane kits stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan are pictured below.
For more photos of the BVL Portable Lane Campaign, visit http://www.bowlforveterans.org/photogal_lanekit.html
The Bowlers to Veterans Link (BVL), a national charity which has raised more than $37 million for recreational and therapeutic programs and services for active duty and veteran service men and women, has recently been awarded the “America’s Best” charity distinction.
The Independent Charities Seal of Excellence is awarded to the members of Independent Charities of America and Local Independent Charities of America that have, upon rigorous independent review, been able to certify, document, and demonstrate on an annual basis that they meet the highest standards of public accountability, program effectiveness, and cost effectiveness. These standards include those required by the US Government for inclusion in the Combined Federal Campaign. Of the 1,000,000 charities operating in the United States today, it is estimated that fewer than 50,000, or 5 percent, meet or exceed these standards, and, of those, fewer than 2,000 have been awarded this Seal.
“We have always prided ourselves on our efficient and effective stewardship,” commented BVL Board of Directors Chair Darlene Baker. “However, with this distinction — along with our acceptance into the Combined Federal Campaign last year – we can illustrate that stewardship to our contributors.”
BVL programs are in place throughout the nation’s VA Medical Centers, Vet Centers and State Homes. BVL picks up where government funding leaves off, providing the ‘extras’ that brighten spirits and boost morale.
Music, the arts, recreation and sports are incorporated into the rehabilitation process through BVL grants – speeding recovery and sending a message of care and remembrance to our country’s heroes. BVL national activities include tours of the entertainment troupe “Re-Creation,” the annual BVL Veterans Bowling Tournament, and support for the National Veterans Wheelchair Games, Golden Age Games, Winter Sports Clinic and Creative Arts Festival.
BVL is headquartered in metropolitan Washington, DC and governed by its Board of Directors comprised of representatives of the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) and the Bowling Proprietors Association of America (BPAA). BVL is a member in good standing of the CFC, The Bowling Foundation, America Supports You, the Department of Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service and the Veterans Day National Committee.