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'Strike it Big' bowling event in Independence aids Milestones Autism Resources: Parma Postings

Posted March 05, 2018 in Articles

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio - Lace up your bowling shoes and get ready to strike it big at the sixth annual Strike it Big Bowling Extravaganza from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 11 at Spins Bowl, 5619 Brecksville Road, Independence.

The event is a fundraiser for Milestones Autism Resources, a local nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of those on the autism spectrum. In addition to bowling, the family-friendly event will have face painting, balloon artists, a raffle and more.

Contributions will help support Milestones' free autism help desk that allows families to contact the professional staff for personal guidance, local resources and individualized information at each phase of their child's development.

To register a team, visit or contact Laura Kravitz at 216-464-7600, extension 113, or email

Some ways to participate or help are:

  • Register to bowl at the event and raise or pay a minimum of $200 as a team to bowl.
  • Attend as a walk-in for $35 per person the day of the event.
  • Donate to your favorite team or individual at
  • Sponsor the event by contacting Milestones at

Local connection: WOW! Internet, Cable & Phone, which serves many area cities, including Parma Heights and Independence, is a sponsor of Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland, which helps families in need of a home while their children are receiving medical treatment at Cleveland-area hospitals.

A ribbon-cutting took place last month at the room sponsored by WOW!'s donation. Employees from WOW! In Cleveland prepared and served a meal for families staying at Ronald McDonald House.

The Room Sponsorship Program provides an opportunity for individuals, corporations and foundations to subsidize the cost of a family staying in one of Ronald McDonald House's 55 guest rooms. Families are asked to donate $20 per night to stay at the facility, but no one is turned away due to inability to pay. About 55 percent of families who stay at the home can't afford to pay the $20 donation. The average family stay is 15 nights.

In addition to the 55-room house on Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Ronald McDonald House provides space for families of pediatric patients at Cleveland Clinic Children's, Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital, MetroHealth Medical Center and UH Rainbow Babies & Children's, and, a free online resource for Ohio families. RMH officials said more than 109,000 people are served annually.

Winter concert: Parma Symphony Orchestra will have its winter concert at 3 p.m. March 11 at the Valley Forge High School Auditorium, 9999 Independence Blvd., Parma Heights.

Randolph Laycock, music director, will present Mac Bruch's "Violin Concerto No. 1" featuring soloist Andrew Sords, Tchaikovsky's "Sleeping Beauty Suite" and Rossini's "William Tell Overture."

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens. Family passes are $20 for families of up to two adults and their children. Tickets will be available at the door beginning at 2:30 p.m.

The Parma Animal Shelter is off to a busy start this year.

Shelter news: The Parma Animal Shelter has been busy so far this year. Shelter officials said more than 30 dogs and 25 cats have found new homes.

But the need continues for sufficient funding to ensure proper care for the animals and shelter operations. For more information on volunteering at the shelter, adopting a dog or cat, making a donation, sponsoring a crate or fostering an animal, visit the shelter website,

And mark your calendar for the shelter's next benefit, an Easter bake sale planned for March 31. There will be cookies, breads, cakes, pies, chocolates and sweets, including homemade candy. The sale is cash only and will take place in the garage behind the shelter.

Scholarship deadline: Don't forget the deadline is March 31 to submit an application for the 2018 City of Parma Andrew Boyko Memorial Scholarship Foundation season. This is the 11th year that the foundation will offer three to five scholarships of at least $1,500 each.

One scholarship is designated for an applicant exhibiting an exceptional commitment to community service.

Visit the city website for more information. Applications also are available at Parma City Hall, any of the Parma Cuyahoga County Public Library branches or any high school in the Parma City School District.

The scholarships are intended to provide financial assistance to high school seniors or the equivalent who are Parma residents and plan to pursue post-secondary education next school year. Selection criteria include financial need, work ethic, community service and accomplishments.

For more information or to make a donation to the foundation, contact Sean Brennan, Parma City Council president and a member of the foundation board of trustees, at or 440-885-8091.

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