By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Gutter Dance 15 charity bowling event to benefit the J. D. McCarty Center’s operation of Camp ClapHans will be held on Thursday, May 17. The event will be held at the Sooner Bowling Center, 550 24th Avenue, in Norman, sponsored by the Hal Smith Restaurant Group.
Camp ClapHans is a residential summer camp project of the J. D. McCarty Center for children with developmental disabilities. The camp is located on the south end of the McCarty Center’s 80-acre campus. Campers are ages 8 to 18.
Check in and dinner for the teams will take place from 6-7 p.m. with bowling from 7-9 p.m. Dinner tickets for spectators are $10 and will be available at the door.
The Gutter Dance costs $200 for a team of four. Team registration includes dinner catered by Johnny Carino’s Italian Restaurant, bowling ball and shoes, two lines of bowling and a chance to win a trip for two to Branson, Missouri, courtesy of Reynolds Ford.
Following the Gutter Dance, the bowler with the most strikes will win the Branson trip. In case of a tie the number of spares will be counted. If a tie breaker is still needed the high score will win.
The Branson trip is a 3 days, 2 night getaway, with accommodations at the Dutton Inn. The package includes free breakfast and two tickets to The Dutton’s music show. “What makes this trip unique is that there are no blackout dates or limitations,” said Gaston.” Accommodations are based on availability.”
Bowling teams will be competing for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and last place trophies. There will be a prize for the most creative bowling team shirts as well as prizes for making a strike with a color pin in the rack. Additional door prizes will be drawn at the end of the event.
Bowlers who roll too many gutter balls can buy a “ringer” to bowl frames that will improve their pin count. Ringer tickets are $5 and can be purchased as often as needed.
Gutter Dance corporate sponsors include: Reynolds Ford, Johnny Carino’s Italian Restaurant, Republic Bank & Trust, Oklahoma Electric Cooperative and Norman Family Dentistry.
The J. D. McCarty Center is a pediatric rehab hospital that provides the physical, occupational, speech and language therapy that kids with developmental disabilities need to reach their highest level of function and independence.
“The J. D. McCarty Center is Oklahoma’s center of excellence in the care and treatment of children with developmental disabilities from birth to age 21,” said Greg Gaston, hospital spokesperson. “For the last 72 years, the McCarty Center has been providing the physical, occupational, speech and language therapy that these children need to reach their highest level of function and independence.”
Registration forms are available at the Sooner Bowling Center and at the corporate sponsor’s locations, at Hal Smith Restaurants in Norman and Moore or by contacting Gaston at [email protected] or 307.2807.
Bowlers can register online at soonerbowl.com. Click on the Gutter Dance reservation link. This link is also available on the Sooner Bowl Facebook page.
Beginning its sixth season of operation in June, Camp ClapHans offers a one-to-one camper to camp staff ratio for a total of 12 boys and girls each week of camp. Camp activities include fishing, canoeing, hiking, horseback riding, archery, field games, swimming and much, much more. All camp activities are adaptable to the camper’s abilities.
“Camp ClapHans was built entirely with donated money, and camp operations are funded in the same way,” said Gaston. “The Gutter Dance is just one of several events through the course of the year that contribute to the camp’s operation.
The Gutter Dance charity bowling event is for all levels of bowlers from league level, to once a year, to a never bowl bowler.
“The Gutter Dance always honors the last place team,” Gaston added. “The Gutter Dance isn’t so much about being a good bowler, but about supporting a worthy cause and having fun doing it.”
Deadline for Gutter Dance registration is Tuesday, May 15. For more information, contact Greg Gaston at 405.307.2807 or [email protected].