Tony Reyes PBA Community Service Award
Last updated on 12/11/2019
Chuck Gardner was selected as the 2019 Tony Reyes Community Service Award winner for his charitable contributions primarily as the founder of the Chuck Gardner Bowl4Life Foundation in 2013 to assist youth bowlers with scholarship funding. He actively raises funds to support the scholarships while absorbing 100 percent of the expenses associated with his fundraising efforts. Through his foundation, he conducts scholarship tournaments, provides free lessons and much more. His goal for 2019 was to award $50,000 in scholarships but that total reached nearly $65,000.
Gardner is a 36-year PBA member who actively competed in PBA Tour and PBA Regional events prior to joining Columbia Industries as both a Tour Staff Player and Tour Rep in 2001. In 2007, he joined Brunswick as Southeastern Product Specialist and Pro Staff Representative, a role he continues to serve along with a number of other industry-related activities. Gardner typically is on the road 225 days a year, actively involved in bowling activities around the world.
|Chris Barnes||2018||Double Oak, Texas, held his first Chris Barnes Thanksgiving Classic in 2004, and has awarded more than 260 youth bowlers with more than $200,000 in scholarship assistance since then. In 2008, when his son, Troy, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2008. Chris and wife Lynda played a key role in the formation of Strike Out Diabetes and they have devoted non-stop attention to support the the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation ever since, creating awareness and advancing education in the fight against juvenile diabetes.|
|Del Ballard Jr.||2017||Keller, Texas, converted his own battle with tonsil cancer into a successful, ongoing “Ballard Vs. the Big C” fund-raising program that had raised more than $300,000 in its first seven years.|
|Rhino Page||2016||Orlando, Fla., for his involvement with the Thomas Cacioppo family in New York in raising more than $225,000 to combat the debilitating digestive tract disorders Crohns and Colitis.|
|Ed Godbout||2015||Felton, Calif., for establishing several charitable initiatives in Reyes’ name including the Tony Reyes Memorial Scholarship and the Tony Reyes Memorial Youth/Adult Doubles Tournament.|
|Missy Parkin||2014||Laguna Hills, Calif., for her work in organizing the Baby Reesa Foundation fundraiser which supports families with children born with Krabbe Disease.|
|Parker Bohn III||2013||Jackson, N.J., for his work with two charitable endeavors he established – the Striking Out Sandy fundraiser and his annual Parker Bohn III Scholarship Tournament.|