Robinson bowling classic is a PARC playground

Frank Robinson Sr. speaks to the 150-plus participants of the 17th annual Thanksgiving Bowling Classic, renamed in his honor in 2016.

TAYLOR MURCHISON-GALLAGHER

STAFF WRITER

The Plainville Adult Resource Center (PARC) held the 17th annual Frank Robinson Thanksgiving Bowling Classic on Saturday, Nov. 23, at Lessard Lanes, where more than 150 people bowled in support the Plainville-based nonprofit organization.

Robinson, for whom the event was renamed for in 2016, has been a volunteer with PARC for more than 20 years. He described the honor as being wonderful, and he expressed his gratitude for the support the greater Plainville community has shown PARC in that time.

“It’s just really nice,” said Robinson. “Some people have things named for them after they’ve passed away. It’s nice to have something done while you’re living and all because of the appreciation so, I really love it.”

Approximately 150 people signed up to participate this year, and throughout the bowling alley you could hear laughter and see the smiles of those excited to begin bowling.

“Any time I talk about the bowling classic, I say it is high energy. It’s personally my favorite event that we do, [and] we have several different fundraising events throughout the year,” said Erica Donovan, PARC executive director. “It’s really a great way to get lots of different members of the community involved because anybody can bowl. This is something everybody can do, and we’ve got family members, neighbors, friends, members, and supporters.”

And, of course, Donovan said that it’s so much fun. One PARC member, Alexander Belisle, said that he enjoys participating in the Bowling Classic because it allows him to support the organization, while also spending time with all of the friends he has made through PARC.

“I think it’s a good thing. People should be more giving of themselves,” said Simone Guimond, who was participating for the second year in a row.

Guimond was just one of the many bowlers whose participation would help support PARC’s Healthy Living Activities. Donovan explained that those activities include things such as healthy cooking events, recreational programs, social programs, neighborhood cleanups, and “anything that keeps our members engaged in the community and still learning life skills.”

“It’s vital that people with developmental disabilities are able to continue with social and recreational programs and learning life skills,” said Donovan. “[In] Many instances they don’t have any other outlet for that, so PARC really helps provide that and so we need to keep running to make sure that everybody gets what they need.”

PARC has been serving members of the greater Plainville community for the past 62 years. More information regarding the nonprofit organization can be found by visiting, www.parcdisabilitiesct.org. Due to their status as a nonprofit organization, Donovan said, they rely on the support of their community.

“We appreciate all of the support that Plainville gives us,” said Donovan. “Over the last five years since I’ve been the executive director, I have noticed such an increased sense of awareness about people with developmental disabilities, and at every turn, every event, every anything, there’s a ton of support – I love how far we’ve come.”

To donate or to learn more about PARC, contact them at parcdisabilitiesct.org or call them at (860) 747-0316.

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