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July 28, 2011: The Dude Hates Cancer Charity Bowling Tournament Shoots for $80,000 in its 6th Year

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July 28, 2011

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“The Dude Hates Cancer!” Charity Bowling Tournament Shoots for $80,000 in its 6th Year

Annual Tourney to Benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

On August27, 2011, 39 teams of bowlers willhead to North Bowl in Northern Liberties for the sixth annual “The Dude Hates Cancer!”Charity Bowling Tournament.Last year’s tournament raised more than $60,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society; this year’s tournament aims to hit a whopping $80,000. Bowlers will compete in teams of 6-10 participants. An after-party and awards presentation will be held at Johnny Brenda’sin Fishtown and will feature appearances by Orbit to Leslie, Hezekiah Jones, Chris Kasper, andThe Doublewides.

“The Dude Hates Cancer!” Charity Bowling Tournament began after organizer Timothy Maxwell’s father was diagnosed with leukemia. Wanting to do something positive to help families like his, Maxwell decided to gather his friends to do something fun – bowling – while raising money for a cause close to his heart. A fan of the Coen brothers film The Big Lebowski, Maxwell invoked the spirit of its main character, the avid bowler known to his friends as “The Dude.”

In the course of planning the first tournament, Maxwell learned that his mother had been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, another form of blood cancer. “We were floored that two different forms of blood cancer had touched our family,” said Maxwell. “My mom’s diagnosis reinforced the importance of our mission and added that much more incentive for me personally to assist this cause.” The 2006 “The Dude Hates Cancer!” Charity Bowling Tournament drew eight teams and raised $1,400.

Maxwell redoubled his efforts for the second annual TDHC Bowling Tournament and was able to attract eight additional teams, raising $3,702. In 2008, the tournament continued to grow, raising a grand total of $5,114.

2009 saw the transformation of “The Dude Hates Cancer” from a small neighborhood event into a burgeoning philanthropic institution. With the event moving into its sleek new home at North Bowl, 20 teams signed up and over 40 businesses joined the ranks. Participants raised over $27,300 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – more than five times more than the previous year!

Last year’s TDHC proved once again that bowling, The Big Lebowski and a good cause are the perfect combination for a fundraiser. Bowlers raised more than $60,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, smashing their stated goal by a walloping $20,000. The massive increase was thanks in part to the introduction of the Philly Restaurant Pass, the grand prize in a raffle that tantalizes chance-takers with gift certificates to 26 of Philadelphia’s finest restaurants.

In 2011, The Dude Hates Cancer aims to attract 400 participants and 39 teams, with the ultimate goal of raising $80,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. More information is available at www.TheDudeHatesCancer.com. With questions about the 2011 “The Dude Hates Cancer!” Charity Bowling Tournament, contact Timothy Maxwell at 215-668-3685 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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