BVL Committee
The Bowlers to Veterans Link Hospitals and Presentations Report 

The California Bowlers to Veterans (BVL) Committee met in October 2006 in Sacramento to review the requests from the California Veteran’s facilities. The financial report was presented.

On behalf of the bowlers in California, the BVL Committee has donated the amount of $157,395 to the following Veterans Centers in California. A donation of $350 was made to the National BVL Program.

We have completed all of the donations for this year and hope many of you will have a chance to visit a facility in your area.  After meeting and talking with the directors and team leaders, we know how proud they are of their facilities and they would all welcome your visit.

The following is the breakdown of the donations:

$ 10,000 VA Northern California Healthcare System – (includes outpatient clinics in Martinez, Fairfield, Mare Island, Oakland, Redding, Chico and McClellan) to provide entertainment and recreation activities and provide community re-entry to patients in the day treatment program.  Provide travel, lodging and meals for participation in the National Games.
$ 20,000 VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System – (includes outpatient clinics in Sepulveda, Downtown, LAAC, Bakersfield and Santa Barbara) Provide items for the Nursing Home and the new welcome center for the returning Iraqi Vets.
$ 1,500 Los Angles Veterans Resource Center – Thanksgiving and Christmas parties, bus tokens, field trips and refreshments for the veterans.
$ 1,500 Concord Veterans Center – Library/Museum fund, refreshments, holiday parties, and stand down program for homeless vets.
$ 1,700 Fresno Veterans Center – Christmas party and bowling tournament.
$ 2,000 Peninsula Veterans Center – Holiday party, BBQ’s, refreshments.
$ 2,245 San Jose Veterans Center – Holiday party, television, dry eraser marker board.
$ 2,000 Vista Veterans Center – Holiday party, tee shirts, and bus passes.
$ 2,000 West Los Angeles Veterans Center – Holiday parties, excursion trips and refreshments.
$ 8,000 Jerry L. Pettis Memorial VA Medical Center – (includes Palm Desert, Blythe, Sun City, Victorville and Upland VA Clinics) Recreation activities and therapy such as Wheelchair Games, Golden Age Games, Winter Sports Clinic and Creative Arts Festival, Women’s veterans program, and Patient Courtesy cart.
$ 8,000 VA Long Beach Healthcare System – Patient satellite entertainment system, popcorn machine w/stand, and snow-storm machine w/stand.
$ 6,000 VA San Diego Healthcare System – Recreation off-site outings to help patients develop skill levels for leisure actives.
$ 8,000 San Francisco VA Medical Center – Camping experience for the blind.   Bowling fund, recreation activities, bowling activities, coffee fund, hygiene kits and holiday parties.
$ 2,000 Anaheim Veterans Center – Display case for Veteran Memorabilia.
$ 2,000 Eureka Veterans Center – Party supplies, sporting events, refreshments, news subscription and homeless fund.
$ 2,000 North Bay Veterans Center – Outings, art supplies, computer and printer.
$ 2,000 Oakland Veterans Center – Homeless and socialization funds.
$ 2,000 Corona Veterans Center – Holiday parties & homeless veteran’s baskets. 
$ 2,000 Sacramento Veterans Center – Holiday party, hygiene kits, and bowling activities.
$ 2,000 San Bernardino Veterans Center – Holiday party, Internet access, outreach to homeless vets and achievement awards. 
$ 2,000 Santa Cruz Veterans Center – Annual Veterans Day and Memorial Day events, rehab BBQ, holiday party, and homeless Veterans Event in May.
$ 4,000 Veterans Home of California, Barstow – Winter Games, Golden Age games, holiday parties and crafts.
$ 27,000 Veterans Home of California, Yountville – Labor, maintenance and replacing of parts for the bowling center.
$ 5,000 Veterans Home of California, Chula Vista – Golden Age Games, Senior Olympics, various activities both on and off campus.
$ 12,000 VA Palo Alto Healthcare System – National wheelchair sports clinic and games for spinal cord injured patients and visually impaired. Bowling activities and DSL internet service.
$ 9,650 VA Central California Healthcare System – Picnic and party supplies, sporting equipment, bowling activities, community outings, a popcorn machine, crafts, and Golden Age games.
$ 2,000 Naval Medical Center, San Diego – Emergency fund for transportation.
$ 2,000 San Francisco Veterans Center – Softball, Holiday parties for returning vets.
$ 2,000 San Diego Veterans Center – Coffee fund, Tee shirts and social activities.
$ 2,000 East Los Angeles Vet Center – Holiday parties, coffee fund, Healthy Lifestyle picnics, purchase and install vent for stove in Vets center and purchase a Digital camera w/memory stick.
$ 2,800 California Bowling Writers – Phone Cards for the soldiers to use for the holidays.
$ 35,000 National BVL Program


The committee thanks you for your hard work and we certainly hope all the members of the California USBC will continue to support the Veterans of California.

Rosie Parker, Co- Chairman
Linda Johnson, Co-Chairman
June Brown, Glenn Hizer, Chuck Shock, Committee MembersMelissa Ade, California USBC Tournament Director
Al Hoffmann, California USBC Association President, Ex-Officio