Isthmus Engineering team members and their families took to the lanes for our annual Winter Bowl. This year 34 Isthmus team and family members, including six children under the age of ten, came out to celebrate the year that was. The group enjoyed a taco buffet and demonstrated their bowling prowess at Saint Louis Park’s iconic Park Tavern.
The coveted traveling trophy, an authentic pin from Park Tavern, is awarded each year to the Isthmus
team member who bowls the highest score in a single game. The high scorer isn’t the only winner of the evening though. The annual event has become an opportunity for Isthmus to support worthy causes that are close to team members’ hearts. For every strike bowled by any attendee – bumpers or no bumpers – Isthmus donates $10 to charity. This year’s beneficiaries of the combined 85 strikes included organizations that our team members volunteer at and support: Second Harvest Heartland, a statewide food shelf; ACE in the City, an organization that offers tutoring to youth; and Hope Place, a transitional housing facility for homeless youth.
Bowler and senior engineer, Andrea Fastenow, reflected “It’s fun and rewarding! We get to know our team members, connect our families, and spread support to great causes.”
Isthmus Vice President, Avo Toghramadjian likened the event to a family celebration. “We’ve been doing this for seven years, where we started with one or two lanes. Now we’re taking up seven lanes, mostly with adults!” He noted that the children that used to make up the teams have grown up and moved on over the years. “It is nice to see a new influx though; hopefully, we can convince them that engineers know how to have fun too,” he joked. In addition to spouses and children, Isthmus team members are also welcome to bring other guests which included friends, parents, and siblings. To add to the fun, Isthmus extended invitations to previous interns and even a new team member whose official start date was the following Monday.
As for the trophy, last year’s victor, Jed Dordal, relinquished the title to a last-minute high score of 155 by design engineer, Elliot Troudt. Also in contention for high score was Amy DeBruin who brought the precision and accuracy she applies to her design work out to the lanes to bowl a turkey (3 strikes in a row) - a first ever by an Isthmus Team member at the Winter Bowl.