Gutter Dance to mark 16 years

The Gutter Dance charity bowling event, presented by the Hal Smith Restaurant Group, turns sweet 16 this year. The event was created to support Camp ClapHans, a summer camp at the J.D. McCarty Center.
Money raised at the event benefits the camp, which is for children with special needs ages 8 to 18 and is an outreach program for the center.
Gutter Dance 16 will take place May 16 at the Sooner Bowling Center, 550 24th Ave. NW in Norman. The celebration will include snow cones provided by Eskimo Sno for participants from 6 to 7 p.m. and birthday cupcakes from Abbey Roads Catering during the event.
It’s $200 to register for a team of four for the event. Registration includes dinner catered by Johnny Carino’s Italian Restaurant, bowling ball and shoes, two lines of bowling and a chance to win a trip for two to Branson, Mo., courtesy of Reynolds Ford.
The trip is three days and two nights with accommodations at the Dutton Inn in Branson. The package includes free breakfast and two tickets to The Dutton’s music show. 
“What makes this trip unique is that there are no blackout dates or limitations. Accommodations are based on availability,” said Greg Gaston, the center’s director of marketing.
Check-in and dinner for the participants at Gutter Dance is from 6 to 7 p.m. with bowling from 7 to 9 p.m. Dinner is also available for spectators for $10. Dinner tickets are available at the door.
Bowling teams will be competing for trophies for first, second, third and last place. There’s also a prize for the most creative bowling team shirts, as well as prizes for making a strike with a color pin in the rack. Additional door prizes will also be drawn at the end of the event.
Corporate sponsors of the Gutter Dance include Reynolds Ford, Johnny Carino’s Italian Restaurant, Republic Bank & Trust, Oklahoma Electric Cooperative, The Norman Transcript and Norman Family Dentistry. 
Registration forms are available at the Sooner Bowling Center and at the corporate sponsor’s locations, at Hal Smith Restaurants in Norman and Moore or by contacting Gaston at or 307-2807.
Bowlers can register online by visiting and click on the Gutter Dance reservation link. Deadline for registration is May 14. 

Man bowling at event
Greg Gaston