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Hundreds come out to Bowl-N-Bop

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CARBONDALE -- The annual Bowl-N-Bop has been going on for at least 25 years and organizers said they had plenty of fun putting it together.

Verna Webb, owner of Our Directions Day Training Center, organizes the Bowl-N-Bop. It was held this year at SIU's Student Center.  

She said it's fun but it's also a lot of work.

"It makes me feel tired," Webb said. "It's great, it's a lot of work to put an event like this together but it's worth it when you see one smiling face."

People at the event weren't tired at all, though.

"I did pretty good in bowling," Roberta Dillon of West Frankfort said. "I made two strikes in bowling."

"I had a great time and my score was 104," Larry Coffey of Johnston City said.

"I think it was real fun," Barbara Dillon of West Frankfort said. "We had real fun and now we're getting ready for the Special Olympics."

Morning Star Behavioral Associates CEO Lindsey Radcliffe serves as director of the Bowl-N-Bop.

She said the event is all about integration.

"This allows an opportunity for the students at SIU to be integrated and see different individuals and their 'giftedness,'" Radcliffe said. "As well as providing an opportunity for our individuals to meet from across the region so they can reunite for a day of fun."

If you're interested in helping the event next year, just head over to the Bowl-N-Bop Facebook page.

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