On behalf of Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra, Bishop’s Independent Living Center Bowling Team recently accepted a donation from Happy Hoods founder Carri Coudek.
Through the Pasadena Rose Bowl flea market sales of her anti-bullying Happy Hoods program gear, Coudek raised enough funds to donate $20 to DSES on Feb. 6 at the Back Alley, 649 N. Main St., where the United Methodist Church Social Services team meets twice-weekly. Since Happy Hoods was founded in 2012, Coudek has routinely donated to various local causes $1 for each smiley-face, anti-bullying hoodie she sells.
“Whether it’s $20 or $1, it helps us,” said DSES advocate and athlete Brigid Salamon, who co-founded the bowling team 10 years ago. “We are fortunate to have support from the community, from people like Carri … In turn, we try to give back to the community – we raise awareness.”
Coudek said she was inspired to give to DSES “when I saw Brigid riding her bike down Line Street in a (DSES) bicycle event. She had the biggest smile on her face and I thought, Look at how happy she is; I want to be part of that.”
Read the full story in the Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 edition of The Inyo Register.