Chris Guillen Photography hosted its 9th Annual Candlelight Bowl on Saturday, February 28, 2009 at Circle Lanes in Forest Park. Proceeds will benefit Oak-Leyden Developmental Services’ Early Intervention Program. Approximately 100 guests enjoyed a fun-filled evening with food, music by Fig Media, and zany games of bowling, ultimately raising almost $3,000 for the program. Oak-Leyden’s Early Intervention Program provides family-centered services and supports to children birth to 3-years-old with developmental delays or developmental disabilities to lessen the impact of their delays and increase their ability to fully participate in their communities.

Laughter and excitement filled the Circle Lanes during the bowling. Participants bowled one game of “Low Ball,” the object of which was to knock down the fewest pins in ten frames of bowling, gutter balls being scored as strikes! A second game yielded ten frames of bowling hilarity as participants performed crazy stunts such as bowling with their feet, bowling between their partner’s legs, Jai Hai! while bowling, and bowling while wearing a “Snuggie.” Winners of the Low Ball and stunt games won gift baskets and Snuggies respectively.

Throughout the evening, bowlers perused and silently bid on artwork donated by local artisans Shelley Anderson, Alex Garcia, Taras, and Chris Guillen. Gift baskets were donated by merchants House Red, Flavour, Team Blonde, and Two Fish while a photo session was contributed by Chris Guillen Photography. A print of President Obama was donated for the silent auction by Alex and Laura Garcia.

Oak-Leyden is a community-based, non-profit agency whose mission is to help people with developmental disabilities meet life’s challenges and reach their highest potential. Oak-Leyden has provided services to the community for over 50 years and has grown to serve more than 600 people each year. Programs include Early Intervention for children ages birth through three and adult life enrichment programs including vocational services, employment services, residential programs, and coordinated healthcare. For more information on Oak-Leyden, call 705.524.1050 or visit

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