The annual Sugar Bowl lawn bowling tournament is the Amber Webb-Bowerman Memorial Foundation’s major fundraising event each year. Amber, a well respected journalist in Alberta before her untimely death in 2008, was an avid lawn bowler and the Sugar Bowl aims to provide a positive way to honour Amber’s memory while raising money for student scholarships and awards. It’s a fun event for a great cause — a bit quirky with a lot of heart, just like Amber herself. Registration for the 2013 Sugar Bowl is now open and will be held on Saturday, August 17 at the Rotary Park Lawn Bowls Club in Calgary. Doors will open at 1 pm, play will start at 1:45. Join as an individual player, with a whole team or as a fan. Never lawn bowled? No problem! You don’t need any special equipment — just wear flat shoes (no heel and as little tread as possible) — they’ll provide everything you need and their coaches will help you learn how to play.
New location: Calgary Rotary Lawn Bowls Club 705 1st St. N.E. (Crescent Heights)
Time: Doors open at 1 pm; Games begin at 1:45 pm
Tickets: Teams of four $280 (includes two fans tickets, and really, who doesn’t want lawn bowl with a hand-picked cheering squad?) or $70 per person.
Want to participate but don’t want to bowl? No problem! Fan tickets can be purchased for $15 and include the barbecue and a drink.
Footwear: Players must wear completely flat shoes.
Can’t participate but want to help out? Sugar Bowl also features a silent auction and they are always seeking donations. If you have an item for their auction, please contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or make a donation to the foundation today — the foundation is a registered charity and offer tax receipts.
All money raised goes towards an endowment for an ongoing journalism scholarship in Amber’s name at Mount Royal University, as well as sponsorship of two new charitable organizations: WordsWorth Creative Writing Residency and YouthInk Publications Society, both of which help youth advance their writing interests and abilities.
About the Amber Webb-Bowerman Memorial Foundation
The Amber Webb-Bowerman Memorial Foundation (AWBMF) was established in the summer of 2008 to honour and preserve the memory of journalist Amber Michelle Bowerman (nee Webb), and to help fulfill her dreams by supporting emerging artists and journalists. Dedicated to quality in writing, reporting and the arts, Amber encouraged and supported young journalists and artists similarly committed to their own careers.
By providing scholarships, bursaries and awards, the Foundation aims to foster the achievement of excellence, and to broaden scholastic opportunities for emerging Western Canadian journalists and artists of all disciplines.
The AWBMF provides a program of annual scholarships. Recipients are selected by the individual post-secondary institutions on the basis of both scholastic merit and financial need. Currently the foundation offers scholarships at SAIT Polytechnic, Grant MacEwan University, the University of Regina and Mount Royal University.
The Foundation has in the past also sponsored the Student Writing Award with the Western Magazine Awards Foundation, writing awards through the Canadian University Press and in 2012 helped to establish the student writing category of the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association showcase awards.
In the spring of 2013, the Foundation began a partnership with two Calgary-based charitable organizations that work with youth to help advance their writing interests and abilities. AWBMF will become a financial sponsor to both the YouthInk Publications Society and the WordsWorth Creative Writing Residency, hosted by the Writers’ Guild of Alberta.
See more at www.amberbowerman.ca.