Bowling teams compete to support ‘Music in the Schools’

PARKERSBURG – Bowling and the symphony came together Saturday at the West Virginia Symphony League-Parkersburg’s Bowling Ball fundraiser for the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra at Emerson Lanes.

Becky Deem, past president of the symphony league, said the Bowling Ball is in its third year to raise funds to support the symphony’s “Music in Schools” program.

Deem said there were several corporate and individual teams in the event. Those included Camden Clark Medical Center, Sabic, Hino, Highmark, Kraton, Wesbanco, Coldwell Banker, Lees’ Studio, Foodland and Waters Insurance, with some bringing two teams.

The Bowling Ball is not the league’s only fundraiser. Deem said another recent fundraiser for the league was the “Dinner With The Doctors” where different doctors prepared a dinner. Coming up in April will be the annual Symphony Dinner at the Parkersburg Country Club after the last symphony performance for the year .

Deem said the ball helps make programs beyond concert performances by the symphony possible.

“Beyond performing concerts, the symphony does programs in Wood County and some Washington County schools,” she said. “The entire symphony performs once a year for the schools and then there are different programs for the different grade levels.”

Along with school performances, she said there are about 10 performances by the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra each year in the Wood County area. The symphony league also sponsors an annual program for the schools by the Ohio University Brass.

“We raise money to help support the symphony and the programs they have,” she said. “We call it ‘Music in the Schools’ programs.”

Deem said the annual ball brings the symphony out to the community.

“It gets our name out there and it gets people participating that might not usually work with a symphony event,” she said. “Often people think of a symphony as very staid; we try to appeal to everyone.

“Everyone is interested in having their children learn as much as possible about music.”

Deem said 26 of the 46 lanes at Emerson Lanes were reserved for the symphony league.

Formed in 2004, the symphony league assists the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra-Parkersburg Board of Directors by organizing fundraising events and planning social programs to publicize and support the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.