CELEBRATING OVER THIRTY YEARS OF BOWLING, FUN AND FELLOWSHIP
Since the beginning, in 1985, several groups of dedicated, talented, hard-working individuals have volunteered countless hours to plan and present the annual Cleveland Gay/Lesbian Invitational Fellowship Tournament. (Some of these folks have been involved in some capacity every year since then.) During its 33 years of existence, G.I.F.T. has become one of the premier LGBT events in the Greater Cleveland area. The bowling portion of G.I.F.T. is hosted by AMF Brookgate Lanes, allowing for a capacity of 184 bowlers.
With the help of corporate sponsors Tito's Handmade Vodka, Miller Lite, Twist Social Club, Republic Services, Lanham Services, Storm Bowling Supplies, Marriott, and the generous support of past sponsors and many local businesses, organizations, and individuals, tournament organizers have welcomed hundreds of men and women from across the US and Canada to the North Coast for a weekend of bowling, fun, and fellowship. Over the years, various fund raising activities have been incorporated to help offset the costs of presenting such a huge event. In addition to the thousands of dollars in bowling prize money and raffle prizes, the G.I.F.T. Committee has donated over $30,000 to local organizations. Beneficiaries for GIFT 2017 included the LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland, Malachi House, CANAPI, PFLAG, and GLSEN.
The annual G.I.F.T. Cruise (which was originally planned as "something unique" for bowlers and guests to do on Saturday night) has evolved into one of the single most attended LGBT events in Cleveland. Each year since 1989, on the second Saturday in June, anywhere from 400-700 people have boarded the privately chartered Goodtime III for a party on the Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie.
Cleveland G.I.F.T. is affiliated with the International Gay/Lesbian Bowling Organization (IGBO), the umbrella institution for hundreds of LGBT bowling leagues and tournaments throughout the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
GIFT 2018 Committee
Rich Woodman, Registration/Statistics firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim Hassel, Fundraising
Eric Strong, Hotel/Hospitality
Kevin Lord, Bill Heupenbecker House/Competition
Jim Gruzosky, GIFT Cruise
Rick Gall, Paul Gelfand, Dan Lamparyk, George Rouse, Andrew Wright
P.O. Box 93413
Cleveland, Ohio 44101-5413