AMBUCS Bowl-a-Palooza an overwhelming success on Saturday

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It might be football season — but it was bowling that had many people getting up early this morning!

Hundreds showed up at the AMF Savannah Lanes Bowling Alley Bowl-a-Palooaza, where local celebrities and AMBUCS teamed up to raise money for more Amtrykes–special bikes created for young men and women with developmental disabilities.

News 3’s Courtney Cole put on some funky shoes to join the fun.

Celebrity bowlers of all experience levels put their best swing forward this morning–

–at AMF Savannah Lanes to help AMBUCS raise money for Amtrykes–bikes created to give the gift of mobility to young men and women with disabilities.

Celebrity bowler and News 3 reporter, Martin Staunton said it was fond childhood memories that led him to get involved.

“When I first heard about this charity, it just struck a chord with me…because I remember how good it felt to get my first bike and that first bike ride throughout the neighborhood and to go visit friends far away…it was so important. Then I saw video of the kids getting the bikes…I mean how can you put a price on that?”

Andrea Hill knows that feeling.

She’s the mother of Addyson…A little girl she describes as ‘happy, bright, and bubbly’– who’s had special needs since she was a month old.

“…So something things like riding a bike are difficult for her, ” Hill told News 3.

And today the 6-year-old eagerly accepted her brand new bike!

“It’s a big deal for us, so now she’s going to be able to ride a bike and enjoy bike riding with her family–which we never thought was a possibility for her,” Hill said.

The Amtryke not only will provide a source of fun–but a lesson on how to take on obstacles in life…and that’s head-on.

“I tell people I get more out of this than I could ever give. The fun of this, the joy, the positive attitude…I mean I’ve been taught compassion, unconditional love, happiness…I’ve been taught what truly matter,” said Kevin Sheehan, the president of the Savannah chapter of AMBUCS.

Sheehan said they met their goal of $85,000… and then some!

That means several more children will have the joy of experiencing their first bike ride.

To find out how you can get a bike or how you can donate, click this link to visit their website: http://www.savannahambucs.com/

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