Scott Dawley’s wife Missey (right) gets ready to hand out a couple of meals to people standing in line.

by Dave Warner

If you judge success by the size of the turnout, then the 15th Annual Scott Dawley Memorial Scholarship no-tap Tournament was a huge success.

People patiently stood in line to pick up their orders from the grillmasters out on the side of the bowling alley.

According to Vanessa Dawley Binkley, “Today is an event that we do in memory of my Uncle to help give back. He bowled here and he wrestled when he was in high school. We give a scholarship to both a wrestler and a bowler each year in his memory.”

The event consisted of a bowling tournament, chicken BBQ, bake sale, and raffle items that were donated by friends and family.

“We do a little extra now for others that may need things. In the past, we’ve chosen a few families that were suffering from cancer and tried to help them to give them some money. This year, we have families that lost everything in two fires, and another person that was involved in a motorcycle accident,” she said.

The benefit will help the Klimacek family in Little Falls who lost their home, as well as the White family out of Fort Plain who are dealing with the same issue. It also raised money for Eric Doolen, who was in a serious motorcycle accident last July 10th.

This year’s scholarships will go to Lorenzo Scarano for Wrestling and Jennifer LaGrange for Bowling. To date, the benefit has raised $21,000 for scholarships and handed out 42 of them.

If you couldn’t attend, but would still like to help, you can drop off your donation at the bowling alley. Make sure that you mention it is for the Scott Dawley event. In addition, there is another benefit for the White family, May 4, 2019, at the Masonic temple in St. Johnsville from 1-5 pm.