The Goodtime Bowling League, now in its 21st year, makes donations annually to deserving charities in the state. This year, the league donated a total of $1,750 to four charities chosen by popular vote among league bowlers.
The Utah AIDS Foundation, No More Homeless Pets and Bowl for the Cure – Susan G. Koman foundation each received $500 and $250 went to a “Sub for Santa” family.
“The entire league is a donation league,” J. Fraga, league president, explained. “Minus the house fees, everything else collected each week goes to an account that gets allocated to several charity leagues twice a year. Four were selected just before Christmas and then four more will be selected at the end of the season.”
Founded in 1990, the league is for Utah’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender commmunity, but it accepts everyone and anyone, according to Fraga.
“We focus on diversity and acceptance of not only the LGBT community but also our straight allies,” he said.
Fraga said he joined the league for camaraderie and the fun and the joy of bowling.
“I enjoy meeting new and wonderful people that have different and diverse lives, and also the opportunity to contribute to the community,” he said. “We have competitiveness on our league and passion from its members, and we know at the end of the day no matter who wins or who loses, you can rest assured that the money we pay into the league is going toward good things.”