TROY — Women In Defense Michigan chapter’s charity bowling fundraiser raised more than $2000 to benefit the Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund, the organization announced last week.

The event included 73 attendees from local defense organizations, including defense contractors and suppliers.

“The WID-Michigan bowling fundraiser accomplishes two important objectives: It helps a very worthy cause and is an opportunity for defense contractors and suppliers to network in a casual environment,” said Julie Wood, WID-Michigan president. “This is the fourth year that WID-Michigan has hosted a bowling fundraiser to support a defense-oriented non-profit organization; we’re proud of our track record of helping those who serve our country and grateful for the opportunity to give back.”

Now in its fourth year, the WID-Michigan fundraiser benefits a non-profit organization that supports Michigan veterans. This year’s recipient, the Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund, is an organization that helps veterans in Michigan from the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns.

The winner of the bowling fundraiser tournament was RCO Engineering Incorporated and AM General, who achieved the “Best Team Score”. The team members were Paul Dowson, Craig Cieslak, Gerald Brown, and Larry Rink.

RCO Engineering Inc. sponsored this year’s WID-Michigan bowling fundraiser.

Women In Defense Michigan chapter is a non-profit professional networking and development organization for women and men across Michigan who contribute to national defense and security. Formed in 2007, WID-Michigan strengthens and influences the defense and national security industries by inspiring women, cultivating leadership, and growing professional relationships. WID-Michigan also assists in the educational development of young women in technical fields through scholarships and mentoring. For more information, visit


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