Kona’s Buck-A-Bowl Fun Raiser Earns $11,000 for Kona/IMBA Freeride GrantsKONAWORLD – The Kona Bicycle Company today announced that theproceeds from the 7th annual Kona Buck-A-Bowl Fun Raiser exceeded $11,000.The record take means that more Kona/IMBA freeride grants will be fundedand more money will be available for each grant than last year.More than 500 people competed on teams representing IBDs, manufacturers,media and friends of the industry. The crew filled all 70 lanes at thefabulous Orleans Bowling Center, and the bar.“Selling out 70 lanes for three years in a row is super exciting. Itshows that we know how to put on a good party and when folks are givenfun alternatives to support trail access will do so,” said Kona Kingpinand advocacy director, Mark Peterson. “This year we were wondering if theevent was ready for a change. We threw out the idea to a few of our industryfriends and were threatened with bodily injury so we figured we’d betterkeep it going.”This year, the First Strike Challenge–sponsored by Dan&Jake–raised$1,200. The First Strike Challenge donates $100 for every strike thrownon the first bowl of the evening.”The cash this event raised will directly support new places for freeriding,”said IMBA’s Pete Webber. “Once again, Kona and the bike industry have shownthat bowling, partying and supporting IMBA is a recipe for success.”Keeping true to the annual theme of “Bowl and Party”, event organizerscompletely forgot to get the final results. We do recall that theOrleans’ GM noting that the Kona Buck-A-Bowl Fun Raiser is the bar’s busiestnight of the year.The Kona/IMBA Freeride Grant program’s goal is to speed the developmentof freeriding opportunities on public land. Grants can be used for a varietyof purposes, including gaining land manager approval, addressing liabilityconcerns, trail and stunt construction, trailhead kiosks and signage, andfreeride organization building.Stay tuned to the IMBA website for details on the 2005 Kona/IMBA FreeridingGrant application process, to be announced later this winter.For more information on the Kona/IMBA Freeride Grant program, visithttp://www.imba.com/resources/grants/kona_fr_grant.html Kona – Bowling is not a crime.