Serra Bowl gives back

by Bob Johnson 0

For the past 10 years, Thanksgiving has arrived two days early at Serra Bowl in Daly City, Calif.

On that Tuesday, pro bowlers, celebrities and community members take to the lanes, all with one goal: to roll a strike. Yes, it takes some folks longer than others, but eventually virtually everyone accomplishes the feat.

And when they do, Serra Bowl and the Golobic family donate a turkey to help feed the homeless and the hungry at the nearby St. Anthony Dining Room and the North Peninsula Food Pantry & Dining Center.

Each year, more than a thousand turkeys are donated.

Adding to the festivities at the bowling center: trick shot exhibitions by some of the pros, who will try to toss strikes with chairs placed on the lane, or with 30 pins placed on the pin deck.

Giving back to the community is nothing new for the Golobic family. Over the 35 years that it ran the now-closed Downtown Bowl, the family was involved in a variety of community projects to help clean up the streets and make San Francisco’s Tenderloin a safer place.

If you happen to live in or will be traveling to the San Francisco Bay Area at Thanksgiving time — or if you’d simply like to donate to Serra Bowl’s annual “Turkey Bowl” effort — call the center at 650-992-3444, or email:

Another center that works to make a difference at Thanksgiving time is Woodmere Lanes in Woodmere, N.Y., where Nick Paxinos and his family provide food to needy families. To learn more about their efforts, visit:

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.

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