East Providence High gym restoration fundraiser goes on as planned


EAST PROVIDENCE — Despite a dreary weather forecast, the "Townie Day" fundraiser geared towards the restoration of the East Providence High School gymnasium remains on schedule for Saturday, May 25.

In an effort to refurbish the tired and torn gym, supporters of the project have planned a weekend of events. A pasta dinner kicks off the festivities on Friday, May 24, at 5:30 p.m.

“Townie Day” takes place Saturday, including a 5k run, a dodgeball tournament, live food, music and an auction of all the old championship banners currently hanging on the gym walls. Events begin with the run registration at 8 a.m.

"We've got the big pasta dinner set for tonight (Friday)," said EPHS grad and project coordinator John Carnevale. "The weather doesn't look too good for Saturday. It's only supposed to be 52 degrees. But we're going to move the DJ inside to get the place rocking and we're going some b-ball (basketball) and dodgeball going on. We're going to make this thing happen. It's going to be all good."

More information on the weekend of events can be found at Mr. Carnevale's philanthropic website www.damoursstep.org.

In addition, on Sunday, June 2, a bowl-a-thon is scheduled for the East Providence Bowling Academy located on Taunton Avenue. The “rock-n-bowl” event takes place from 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Tickets are $15.

Teams of four to six bowlers will compete for prizes. Raffles will also be held. Bowlers are asked to solicit pledges in support of the East Providence Gym Restoration Project. Lane sponsorships are also available for purchase at $100, $250 and $500. All of the proceeds, 100 percent, benefit the project.

The Bowling Academy will donate all revenue from the purchase of refreshments during the bowl-a-thon to the cause. In addition, an open donation car wash will take place in the parking lot in conjunction with the bowling.

For more information on the rock-n-bowl event call East Providence High School at 435-7806.


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