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More than 140 bowlers participate in Mentor Me North Georgia’s Rock ‘n Bowl
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From left, Litzy, Tanisha, Paula, Julie and Chuck are all participants in Mentor Me, a program that pairs volunteers with children to help tutor, mentor and mold students into leaders. In the back, Jake Fischer is photobombing the picture. Photo courtesy Julie Brennan.

It was a rock ‘n’ roll fun-filled morning for bowlers – novice and pros – who joined in to roll up their sleeves and play a few games Saturday, Oct. 23 at Stars & Strikes during the Mentor Me North GA Rock ‘n Bowl fundraiser.

This year’s event was sold out, with over 140 bowlers participating in the organization’s signature event.

“It was great to see so many of our friends, partners and supporters, mentors, mentees, and volunteers at this year’s event,” said Julie Brennan, member of the board of directors. “Last year’s decision to postpone the event was needed based on the health care emergency we were all facing. You can imagine the excitement everyone felt when we were able to schedule this year’s event.”

The smiles across the lanes, handshakes, fist bumps, hugs and all-around joy was heartfelt. A little competition among local Rotary Clubs and the support of so many individuals gave way to cheers of joy as the morning event ended.

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Members of local Rotary Clubs pose with Elvis Presley for a picture before hitting the lanes during the Mentor Me North GA Rock ‘n Bowl fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 23.

First-time bowler and one-to-one program participant Paula, 11, was simply, as she said to her mentor, overjoyed. “This is so cool,” she said while rolling the ball down the lane and enjoying the camaraderie with other kids and adults who participated in the event.

“Thank you to all the 2021 Rock ‘n’ Bowl sponsors for making today’s event a success,” said Kerry Carithers, executive director of Mentor Me North Georgia. “The tournament provides an opportunity for community partners, volunteers and our program participants to gather and celebrate the organizations’ success and impact.”

For more information about Mentor Me North Georgia programs, visit

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Julie Brennan, member of Mentor Me's Board of Directors, throws a ball down the lane, standing back and watching as the pins fall.
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From left, Forsyth County Schools Superintendent Jeff Bearden, Academies of Creative Education principal Drew Hayes, Deputy Superintendent Mitch Young, Forsyth Central High School principal Josh Lowe and Director of School Safety and Student Discipline Todd Shirley.