By Paula Katinas
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Students from Fort Hamilton High School in Bay Ridge went bowling for dollars and raised more than $3,000 for a school scholarship fund.
More than 250 people from the high school took over Maple Lanes on Feb. 26 and bowled to raise money for the school’s Joseph Graffagnino Scholarship, a fund named in memory of a firefighter from Dyker Heights killed in the line of duty in 2007. Graffagnino, a Fort Hamilton graduate, died in a seven-alarm fire at the site of the former Deutsche Bank building near Ground Zero six years ago.
His memory is preserved through a scholarship for seniors who share the same traits and have overcome obstacles to succeed in life, school officials said.
Interim Acting Principal Kaye Houlihan put on her bowling shoes to participate in the event and said she was inspired by the support the scholarship fund received. “I was incredibly impressed with the turnout of the staff and students. The mixed teams of both students and staff display the integrity of the Fort Hamilton community,” she said.
Students bowled alongside teachers, administrators, family members and friends and generated $3100 for the scholarship. The large group filled 42 of the facility’s bowling lanes.
The scholarship winners will be announced at a Senior Awards ceremony in June.