Pins were knocked down and strikes celebrated at StrikeZone in El Centro on Jan. 19 as the American Red Cross partnered with the bowling alley to raise funds for a new emergency response vehicle.
The Bobby Brown Tournament featured 17 teams and dozens of charitable bowlers.
“We try to support anything that has to do with supporting healthcare, and the American Red Cross has a very important mission in general, and especially here in the (Imperial) Valley,” said Adolphe Edward, chief executive officer of El Centro Regional Medical Center, which entered a team.
He added, “The vehicle benefits the community more than the hospital, actually. In regards of anything that requires help to support the community, you’ll see ECRMC leading the way.”
The vehicle would be used by the Red Cross in various cases as a multipurpose vehicle and be housed with the El Centro Fire Department. Acquiring it is part of an effort to improve the department’s fleet.
Sylvia Preciado, manager for the Imperial Valley Service Center and representative of the Red Cross, was also present at the event making sure everything ran smoothly.
“We work very closely with the fire department of El Centro. They’re great and what they do is amazing. We’re very happy to be here able to help out and support their mission. We need to renovate our fleet of vehicles here. We’re due for an upgrade. We’re going for one of the models that isn’t the newest of the new. Those models are the most efficient and fuel saving,” said Preciado.
El Centro firefighter Matt Garcia is also the treasurer for the El Centro Firefighters Association and while he didn’t bowl he said he attended to support his coworkers. He said the objective is noteworthy.
“The vehicle will be a great help, especially here in the Valley,” said Garcia. “One of the instances for which we use these vehicles the most is in any type of structure fire, or any event that displaces families. They (Red Cross) come out and assist in finding them a place to stay and get them situated. They also come in handy in situations of mutual aid, be it a brush fire or anything that takes us more than 10 hours. That’s when the Red Cross dispatches a vehicle to provide food and water (to emergency crews)."