Ocala bowling alley holds fundraiser for employee whose house caught fire

Published: Apr. 18, 2021 at 5:41 PM EDT
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OCALA, Fla. (WCJB) - The Ocala bowling community came out to show support for Allen Ekleberry who’s not only a bowling employee but a friend.

Ekleberry is beloved in the bowling community, he’s been a mechanic for 8 years at the Galaxy West bowling alley in Ocala.

Kyle Stogoski a regular bowler at Galaxy West spoke about how much Allen means to everyone.

“He means something to everyone here, so when this happened. when the tragedy that struck did strike he house burning down losing everything having a little fundraiser is the least we could do for him.”

On Easter night, Allen’s house caught on fire leaving insurmountable damage. Hearing the news his bowling family banded together and had a fundraiser to help out.

“One thing about the bowling family is what we call most of the people in Ocala when times get tough even though we don’t always get along we all show up for each other and that’s what this is this shows the community of Ocala,” said bowler Shawn Prevatte.

Stogoski remembered a time when Allen was just being Allen.

“Just after Christmas my mom passed away she would always come with me to practice and every single time while I was up there she would back here eating something or watching me. He would go out of his way even on the clock to come to talk to her because he wanted to be a friendly person,” said Stogoski.

Allen was moved to emotions with all the support from his bowling family. To donate you can call the Galaxy West bowling alley at (352) 732-0300.

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