Awesome! That’s the only way to describe the inaugural Community Matters Bowling Tournament. From start to finish, the tournament was a huge success, bringing together 57 teams from across the Charlotte insurance industry – plus more than 70 spectators – for a day of fun, food, and good-spirited, but heated, competition.

But most awesome of all was the fundraising. Thanks to the efforts of everyone who participated in the tournament, we raised $100,000 for our partnership with Charlotte Rescue Mission and the launch of the Community Matters Cafe. An amazing total!

The success of the tournament demonstrates yet again the impact Community Matters is having in the Charlotte area.

Charlotte Rescue Mission President & CEO Tony Marciano was impressed and touched by the even. “Each pin you knocked down lifted up a man and woman who is rebuilding their life at the Community Matters Cafe,” he said. “Thank you for giving them a chance at a life that can thrive.”

We’re excited that the bowling tournament will now be an annual event for Community Matters. If you didn’t play this year, you’ll not want to miss out again! We had players not only from Charlotte, but also from Atlanta, Boston, Chicago and other locations.

Special thanks go to our sponsors for making this event such a big success:

  • Diamond: AmWINS
  • Silver: Marsh & McLennan, Zurich Insurance Group
  • Bronze: AIG, All Risks, Arrowpoint Capital, BluSky Restoration Contractors, CNA, Dixon Hughes Goodman, ECM Solutions, The Hartford, Liberty Mutual/Ironshore, Marsh, Palmer & Cay, Peachtree/Hull & Company, Philadelphia Insurance Companies, Relation Insurance Services Travelers
  • Bar: Lockton, Zenith Insurance Company
  • Food: Great American

Taking home top honors were:

  • Top fundraising team: AmWINS’ Gutterbalz (pictured here)
  • Top fundraising individual: AmWINS’ Katie Bleau (far right in the photo)
  • Best team score: AmWINS’ Rolling Thunder
  • Best individual score: Travelers’ Scott Gallegos
  • Best-dressed team: Arrowpoint Capital’s Spare Parts

Thanks again to everyone who sponsored, played in and helped organize this year’s tournament. You’re a big part of why Community Matters is living its vision of “making a difference in Charlotte one cause at a time.”