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“50 years of Women’s Professional Bowling” Exhibit to Open in 2011 During Bowl Expo and USBC Convention

ARLINGTON, Texas - The new International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame (IBM/HF) is proud to announce that it will be adding a new exhibit to the museum which pays tribute to the history of women’s professional bowling. The exhibit will be unveiled during the International Bowl Expo and USBC Convention, which will be held, in Arlington, TX during the last week in June 2011.

“We are so excited about Bowl Expo, as well as the USBC convention, coming to Arlington, Texas. Those who attend this first-ever-event will get a first-hand look at the IBM/HF, International Training and Research Center, as well as the offices of the International Bowling Campus,” stated IBM/HF chairman Pat Ciniello. He went on to add, “The new exhibit will display rare photographs and artifacts – from those who made professional women’s bowling a reality, to the great women bowlers who competed on tour.”

A committee has been formed to develop the contents of the exhibit, as well as to raise funds in order to build it. Jim Goodwin, President of the Bowling News Network and publisher of Stars & Strikes Bowling Newsmagazine has been named chairman. Goodwin worked with the Ladies Pro Bowlers Tour and the Professional Women’s Bowling Association for 20 years. Public relations expert Joan Romeo, owner of The Marketing Team agency, will be handling the fund-raising and promotions aspect of the project. Joan’s two daughters, Robin and Tori, are former pro tour players. Robin is in the PWBA and USBC Halls of Fame.

Former LPBT & PWBA Tour Director and Historian Fran Deken will be an invaluable member of the team in recording the history and making sure all the right people are honored. Former PWBA owner and museum trustee John Sommer, who operated and financed the LPBT and PWBA for 22 years from 1981-2003, will contribute his time, effort, and expertise to the project. Deken and Sommer are also members of the PWBA and USBC Halls of Fame.

50 Years of Women’s Pro Bowling will occupy a prominent place within the new museum, and become a permanent part of bowling’s incredible history for all visitors to explore year round. The IBM/HF occupies 18,000 square feet of the International Bowling Campus, which is also the home for the United States Bowling Congress, the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America, the International Training and Research Center, and many more related organizations that make up bowling’s headquarters.

About the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame

Located at the International Bowling Campus in Arlington, Texas, the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame collects, preserves and researches bowling’s history, provides a suitable home for bowling’s major halls of fame, and makes the museum’s information and collection available to interested parties globally for education, promotion and entertainment.

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