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Linder Foundation: That’s how we roll

Pack up your bowling ball, slick shoes and encyclopedic knowledge of quotes from “The Big Lebowski” and “Kingpin” — the Linder Foundation’s annual “Paul’s Bowl” event is coming to Silverdale May 16.

Actually, Paul’s Bowl is a family event, so maybe leave the quotes at home.

Nevertheless, all the ingredients for a fun-filled night are on the menu: great prizes, greasy food and a good cause to boot.

“It is one of our biggest fund-raisers of the year,” Linder Foundation President Mike Collins said.

Organizers of Paul’s Bowl are decking things out accordingly.

Teams of four will compete for a bevy of prizes that will go out to the highest scoring team, the highest individual score and the highest money-generating silent auction item. Door prizes will be awarded as well.

The silent auction will be comprised of (occasionally) themed baskets.

The baskets usually range in value from about $50 to $100 and go for about half that amount, “unless the board gets a little competitive and starts bidding each other up,” Collins joked.

Well, sort of joked. That kind of thing has happened before.

But why not? All funds from the event go directly to the Linder Foundation, a charitable organization started in 1986 to give a little extra boost to teachers and students in the Central Kitsap School District.

The foundation granted $6,000 for various student and teacher projects in 2007 and hopes to increase on that this year. The total amount requested by grant applicants each year totals about $30,000.

“We’re not a huge organization in terms of the number of grants we give out,” Collins said.

That hasn’t stopped people from getting creative, however. One past grant recipient put money toward refurbishing a local trail. Another — a CKSD student — took a summer class at the University of Washington on the life cycles of fish and created a presentation for classmates and community members based on her knowledge.

One of the more memorable allotments of grant money went to a gym teacher who bought a bunch of exercise balls to help out a group of ADHD-afflicted students.

“We’re an all-volunteer organization, so for every dollar people give us, it goes directly to the organization,” Collins said.

So if things get a little cutthroat Friday night, don’t be surprised.

“There’s definitely a little rivalry,” Collins said of the Linder board members.

Board members usually sponsor their own teams for the night and the friendly competition can get pretty competitive.

“At least between the members of the board, we rib each other pretty good,” Collins said.

People can sign up for the event ahead of time by contacting Collins or can simply sign up the night of. The cost of fielding — or maybe it’s “lane-ing” — a team of four is $200, plus bowling fees. All Star Lanes does offer discounted rates on bowling fees.

Participants usually manage to fill out 20 to 30 lanes, Collins said.

The event is scheduled to take place from 5 to 8 p.m. at All Star Lanes in Silverdale.

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