Strikes, spares and maybe even a few gutter balls helped provide needed funds to The Arc Umatilla County.

During an April 20 fundraiser, 60 bowlers gathered at Desert Lanes — bringing in more than $2,300 to The Arc.

With 12 five-person teams vying for top honors, the “Deadwood” team, which was sponsored by Desert Lanes, had the top pin count with 1688. Members of the winning team were Ed Long, Jim Long, Jeri Jordan, DJ Tricker and Dave Haven. Coming in second with a total of 1602 pins was the “Hole in 1!” team. Sponsored by Randy Sperr, owner of Randy’s Pro Shop at Echo Hills Golf Course, team members included Mike Jeppson, Jeff Newton, Don Otto, Mike Botti and Mike Mayhead. Rounding out the top three finishers was “Jilli’s Silly Bowlers,” which included Jilli Smalley, Mark Smalley, Lyall Arey, Anita Vernon and Cal Harris.

The title sponsor for the fifth year was Umatilla Electric Cooperative. Prizes for the top teams were provided by Kieztke Angus, Obie’s Express and also baked goods made by Kristi Smalley, The Arc board member. In addition, a number of individuals and local businesses provided both team and lane sponsorships.

A nonprofit organization, The Arc Umatilla County advocates for the rights of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They focus on providing support, improving services, inspiring communities and influencing public policy. For more information about The Arc activities, call 541-567-7615 or visit

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