By Jeffery Smith

CORNING - Bowlers can take to the lanes Sunday to try and taste sweet success and raise some funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at the 7th annual Ken Parker Memorial Bowling Benefit.

“We hold the benefit in remembrance of Kenny,” said Brian Kasonic, who started the event along with friend Gene “Tuba” Tunney shortly after Parker passed. “He was a great, very positive-oriented person, who had a great impact on so many people.”

The memorial benefit has two sessions, one starting at 11:15 a.m. and the other at 2 p.m. at the Crystal Lanes Bowling Center.

Kasonic said in the six years the event has been held 977 people have bowled and the event has raised more than $31,000.

“It was started, basically to honor Kenny,” Kasonic said. “He worked for Corning Inc. for many years and was always at events in the Gaffer District. Kenny bowled for everything so me and Tuba thought this would bring everyone together to remember him and raise some money for charity.”

Kasonic said the event was started to gather Parker’s friends together.

“It’s just turned into more than we ever expected,” Kasonic said.

The cost to take part in the benefit is $20 per person.

“We’d like to have four members teams, but we can accommodate anybody,” Kasonic said. “We have a few single bowlers each year and we put them on a team and every cent paid is donated.”

The nine pin No-tap format event includes three games. Entry formats are available at Crystal Lanes or by email request at

“It’s a benefit that everyone can come, have fun and a lot of local businesses have donated a lot of nice things,” Kasonic said.

During both bowling session about every five minutes there will be a raffle that people can win anything from a gift certificate to local restaurants to a bottle of wine. A lot of people think that’s the best part of the event.”