The bowling lane at Pleasant Valley Recreation Center in Altoona, Pa, where President Elect Barack Obama famously bowled gutter balls during a campaign stop, is now up for bid on eBay to raise money for the Special Olympics.
Venue co-owners Jean Montgomery and Bob DiVentura have put Lane 21 up for sale through the online auction that ends Nov. 23 at 9 p.m. EST.
“We are offering this piece of history to the lucky bidder,” said Montgomery. “It is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to own one of the most talked-about bowling lanes in political history.”
On March 29, Obama spent two hours at the bowling center talking with the public as part of a face-to-face “Road to Change” bus tour through Pennsylvania.
After his ball went into the gutter more than once during his seven frames, he told the crowd: “My economic plan is better than my bowling.”
Barack Obama bowling for votes earlier this year
Not only is the venue auctioning lane #21, but also the neighboring lane (#22), the gutters, 2 pin setters, computer scoring system, and the bowling circle complete with the chairs used by Obama. “We’ll even throw in the shoes and bowling ball that Obama used,” said DiVentura.
“We are proud to have donated the use of our bowling center to the Special Olympics for many years,” said Montgomery. “This will allow us to contribute additional funds to the organization.”
The fully functional lane will be disassembled, shipped, and reassembled at the location of the buyer’s choice. “It is a true collector’s item that the buyer can be sure no one else can claim a duplicate,” said DiVentura.
For more information, visit http://www.ObamaBowling.com