TRACY -- She is only 9 years old but she has a good start as an entrepreneur and a philanthropist.
Abigail Hickman is turning her love of competitive bowling into a fundraising opportunity for the Tracy Animal Shelter.
Abigail, a fourth-grader at St. Bernard's School, has put together a Pins for Pets event to raise money for supplies for the outdated shelter. For $10 per ticket, bowlers can take part in a 2 to 5 p.m. event on March 23 at West Valley Family Bowl.
"I really love to bowl," said Abigail, who competes in a traveling bowling league. "My high game is 175 and my average is 108. I hope people will donate a lot of food, toys and money for the animal shelter."
Abigail said her inspiration for the event came when her family adopted Sheldon, a kitten, from the shelter.
"I don't like the fact that they have to kill the animals if they don't have a space for them," she said. "We have a lot of animals at my house, my favorite is the guinea pig."
Abigail's help is greatly appreciated, said Beth Palacios, a Tracy animal control officer.
"We are thankful to have community support," she said. "We are especially proud that a youth, such as Abigail, is so compassionate."
So far, Abigail has raised $300 toward her goal of $1,500. In addition to money, she is also asking for food and toy supplies for the shelter.
"My husband (Matt) and I are so proud of her," said Sunee Hickman, Abigail's mom. "This is the first time she has ever tried to do something like this. Last Saturday, she walked around town handing out fliers about the event. She has put so much time and effort into this."
Along with the bowling, All in the Details is donating DJ service for the fundraiser. More than 40 businesses have donated prizes, ranging from gift cards to a gift package valued at $200 from "Umigo Indoor Kart Racing," to be raffled off at the fundraiser.
Tickets are on sale now at West Family Valley Bowl, 2365 East St. The $10 ticket includes shoe rental and three hours of bowling.
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