Defending Champs Successful Again In Fever Bowling Tournament


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    Tamika Whitmore and Kasha Terry pose with the winners of the Fever Bowling Tournament, The 4Eric Team.
    The name of the game was raising dollars for the Indiana Fever’s Be YOUnique Fund of the Pacers Foundation, but the end result was another night of fun and laughs – and pins and strikes and spares – at the Indiana Fever Bowling Tournament presented by FedEx.

    Hosted by Pinheads in Fishers, the sold-out event contributed proceeds totaling more than $16,700. All proceeds from the sixth annual tournament are directed to the Be YOUnique Fund which:

  • Helps girls build self-esteem during the crucial preteen and teenage years;
  • Promotes positive body imagery among girls; and
  • Educates girls about dating violence and/or provide services to those who have experienced such violence.

    Further information on the Be YOUnique Fund can be found on www.pacersfoundation.org.

    A record number of bowlers competed in two games of action – complete with music, lights, dancing, prizes an appearance by the Inferno dance team – and of course the crazy, entertaining antics of Freddy Fever!

    In the end, despite the record number of challengers and only a three-pin victory the 4Eric team comprised of Dona Jones, Don Jones, Mike Eby, Brandon Eby, took home the team championship. They were aided this year by Fever operations manager Ashley Floyd, managing a two-game score of 1,626 to squeeze past the team from Siwy Plastic Surgery (1,623) by the narrowest of margins.

    The Siwy team was anchored by another Jones – Danny Jones – who bowled a tournament best two-game score of 409 (192/217). Teammates included longtime season ticket holder Barb Siwy, Bechy Tolthan, Judy Cummings and Fever guard Anna DeForge.

    The third-place team was the Rockin’ Robins, led by season ticket holder Robin Davis. The team included Steve Berman, Shelley Fitzgerald, Rich Merrifield and Fever point guard Tully Bevilaqua. They bowled a two-game total of 1,384.

    The Fever bowling tournament is never complete without honoring the lowest score of the tournament! This season’s low total came from the Fever Believers whose motto certainly reflected nothing to do with bowling prominence! Bolstered by the franchise’s director of business operations, Julie Graue and her husband, Geoff, and WISH-TV sports anchor Anthony Calhoun, the Believers rolled a 791. They were joined by Amanda David and Jeanie Goforth, and received assistance from Aimee Patras, the daughter of Pineheads owners Dan and Robin Patras.

    While Danny Jones posted the high score overall, the high score among Fever players and celebrities was Sheri Sam’s two-game total of 264 (139/125). Fever players and coaches were scattered on lanes throughout the facility, and were joined by other notable celebs including Fever broadcasters Chris Denari and Jane Schott.

    Calhoun was among a handful of media celebrities soaking in the fun. He was joined by fellow WISH-TV anchor Jeane Coakley and FOX-59 sports anchor Jessica Taff; Ed Wank and Dave O’Brien from the Hank FM morning team; and Kelly Vaughn, Scott Wheeler and Eric Garnes from B105.7.

    The evening concluded with raffle prizes and a series of silent auction items. Some of the top silent auction items included:

  • Pool Stick autographed by "The Black Widow" - Janet Lee
  • Basketball signed by 2007 NBA #1 draft pick - Greg Oden
  • 20 Person Suite for August 15th Fever game vs. Connecticut Sun
  • Shoes Autographed by San Antonio Silver Stars' Becky Hammon
  • 2006 Fever Autographed Package of a pair of shoes and shooting shirt
  • Jersey autographed by musician/entertainer - Melissa Etheridge
  • Jersey autographed by Seattle Storm's Lauren Jackson
  • Shooting Shirt autographed by 2007 Fever Team

    Some of the most sought-after raffle items were:

  • $500 Gift Certificate to H.H. Gregg
  • 4 Premium seats to the August 15th game vs. Connecticut
  • Fever Gift Basket from Circle City Basket Co.
  • Private Room at Pinheads
  • Fever Warm-up shirt autographed by Tamika Catchings
  • Coach Lady's Sunglasses courtesy of Abrams Eyecare Associates