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Bowling party in Oak Lawn will benefit the Megan Hurckes Scholarship Fund

  • Written by Bob Bong

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(Photo courtesy of Megan Hurckes Scholarship Fund)

Megan Hurckes was a big White Sox fan. Her family will honor her memory with its annual birthday bowling party at Arena Lanes on Saturday.

The annual birthday bowling party to benefit the Megan Hurckes Scholarship Fund will be held Saturday, Feb. 3 at Arena Lanes in Oak Lawn.

Megan was the 10-year-old daughter of Jerry Hurckes and Mary Ann Hurckes and the sister of Jenna, all from Oak Lawn. Megan was killed in an ATV accident on a family vacation in Wisconsin in September 2009. She was a fifth-grader at Kolb School in Oak Lawn.

Since Megan’s death, the Hurckes family has celebrated her birthday each year with a bowling fundraiser to raise money for the Megan Hurckes Scholarship Fund, which donates money to students going to college.

The Megan Hurckes Scholarship Fund has donated thousands of dollars in scholarships for local students who go on to college from Oak Lawn and surrounding communities.

Bowling was one of her favorite activities, and because her birthday was in February, she always liked to have a bowling party for her friends. We have been holding this to celebrate her life. It keeps us busy and stops us from getting too depressed,” said Jerry Hurckes, former chief of staff for Cong. Dan Lipinski (D-3rd) and a former Oak Lawn village trustee.

Hurckes has been hired as the new executive director for the Village of Summit.

We appreciate that so many people who were important to Megan’s life still come out for this, including her teachers, classmates, teammates and coaches,” said her father. “It means a lot to us.”

In addition to being a straight-A student, Megan was active in Westside Baseball, where she played on a championship softball team in 2009.

Four scholarships are awarded each year, for either high school or college,” said Hurckes, explaining that scholarships are awarded to students from Kolb, Simmons Middle School and Oak Lawn Community High School.

Students from each school can apply for the scholarships, he said.

This annual fundraiser started in 2010 and has grown into a fun-filled night of family and friends getting together to celebrate a little girl’s birthday. Megan would be turning 19 years old on Monday, Feb. 5.

Arena Lanes bowling alley is at 4700 W. 103rd St. in Oak Lawn with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, call (708) 599-7302.

Dermot Connolly contributed to this report.