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Our Fifth Anniversary Tournament

Registration is NOW OPEN for our 5th Anniversary Tournament.

The Bridgetown Invitational Tournament committee has been hard at work preparing to bring you our best event ever. Traditionally, a fifth anniversary is celebrated by a gift of wood, but this year’s tournament will be on synthetic! We’re crossing the Interstate Bridge this year and going to Crosley Lanes – All bowling will be back to a single house this year and we have a Host Hotel very close to the alley.

More information can be found here

Our Charity Partner: BRIDGETOWN INVITATIONAL 2018-2019 CHARITY PARTNER: CAMP KC 

Side Pots!  We’re going to be doing a few fun things this year.  We’ll have the following side pots to try your hand in:

Brackets, Brackets, Brackets!
Optional All Events – A separate pot with 80% payout. All scores, with handicap, to determine the all events winner!
Burnside Blind Doubles – All Events (Pair up with a mystery date!)

And throughout the event, we’ll be running The Bridge is Still Standing 50/50 Strike pot –  How does it work, you ask? If your ticket is drawn, you’ll draw a card between 3-8 — Your task, to win all the monies, is to leave those pins STILL STANDING (cause in a city of bridges, we’re hoping they never fall down!)  If the person misses, the pot rolls over (we’ll draw two chances each game.) If it rolls over all the way to the end, we’ll draw till someone wins!

Our 2018 Award: The Burnside Bridge

 

Want this award? Registration is now open:

Tournament 2018

 

In 1891, Burnside Street was renamed from “B” street to take the name of Dan Wyman Burnside, a local businessman who was a proponent of the 1866 dredging of the Willamette River. Construction of the original Burnside Bridge began in November 1892, and the bridge opened on July 4, 1894. It was a swing-span truss bridge made of wrought iron and steel.

The replacement was part of a $4.5 million bond that also included the construction of the Ross Island and Sellwood bridges. The public would later learn that the contract was given for $500,000 more than the lowest bid. Three Multnomah County commissioners were recalled as a result of the scandal, and a new engineering company assumed control of the project.

The bridge opened on May 28, 1926, at a final cost of $4.5 million (including approaches). It is the only Willamette River bridge in Portland that was designed with input from an architect. This led to the Italian Renaissance towers and decorative metal railings.

Streetcars crossed the Burnside Bridge until 1950,[10] and electric trolleybuses serving the Sandy Blvd. route did so from 1936 to 1958.[11] Currently, three TriMet bus routes use the bridge.

In the 1990s the Burnside Bridge was made a Regional Emergency Transportation Route, the one non-freeway bridge to be used by emergency vehicles. In 1995 one of the six lanes was removed to accommodate new bicycle lanes. From March until November 2002 the bridge went through a $2.1 million seismic retrofit, making it the first bridge operated by Multnomah County to receive earthquake protection.

The bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places in November 2012.

The I-5 Showdown – It’s a Wrap.

First, Thank you very much for embracing the crazy idea we had. I have heard mostly good feedback and I’m excited to see this crazy thing happen again.

Top 8 Teams (out of round 1):

I-5 Certified vs. Heavy Hittas
Make it Happen vs. Bigger Than Rainier
Southern Sushi vs. Hold Your Horse
The Real OC vs. Monster Squad

Top 4 Teams:

I-5 Certified  vs. Bigger Than Rainier
Hold Your Horse vs. The Real OC

Top 2 Teams:

Championship Match: The Real OC vs. I-5 Certified

Congratulations to The I-5 Showdown Champion:

The Real OC (Oregon)

 

Finally, As determined by number of individual point wins.

Washington is the overall Points Winner – Final Score:
Washington: 99.5 Points
Oregon: 66.5 Points

Bridgetown Invitational 2018-2019 Charity Partner: Camp KC 

Hi Everyone!

The Bridgetown Invitational Tournament is pleased to annouce the selection of our 2018-2019 charity partner:

Camp KC 

Camp KC is a program of Cascade AIDS Project (CAP). As a component of CAP’s year-round Kids Connection program, Camp KC is a great opportunity for children whose lives have been affected by HIV/AIDS to spend a full week together, making new memories, and building trusting and supportive relationships, while enjoying a fun camping experience.

We will be raising funds, awareness, and donations for this project all year and look forward to working with the team to help enrich the lives of the children the camp serves.

For more information on Camp KC and their service mission – please check out: https://www.facebook.com/CampKCKidsconnection

 

 

Organizational Announcement: Bridgetown Annual Meeting

Hey bowlers and friends –

At our Annual Meeting, held March 10, 2018, the Board of Directors held elections for our 2018 – 2020 director positions.

President: Nick Church
Secretary: Wes Risher
Treasurer: Greg Hess

Additionally, we established two new director positions: (which are presently vacant.)

Vice President
Director-at-Large

If you have interest in serving on the Board of Directors of the Bridgetown Invitational Non-Profit Corporation, please see Nick, Wes or Greg.

Finally, the Board of Directors reviewed, amended, and accepted the following change to the mission statement of the Corporation and the Bridgetown Invitational Tournament:

The Bridgetown Invitational Tournament (BIT) exists to foster unity, communication, diversity, and fellowship among individuals and to promote the sport of bowling by enriching the lives of LGBTQ community members, friends, and our allies through social opportunities as a member tournament of IGBO, an international gay bowling organization.

We are continuing to plan a successful and fun Fifth Annual tournament. If you’re interested in helping out please let, Wes, Greg, or Nick know.

Our Present Board and Tournament Committee is here: http://bitbowl.org/committee/

Hey Seattle, We Challenge You to a Duel!

The Bridgetown Invitational Tournament is issuing the following challenge: Oregon vs. Washington bowlers – On May 19th, 2018 — We’ll see you in Centralia!

Questions should be directed to: Nick –  bitbowlpdx(at)gmail.com

Registration Status: Registration is NOW CLOSED. 

 

Welcome to the I-5 Showdown!

The I-5 Showdown will pit 16 teams representing their respective regions (Oregon vs. Washington) in a head-to-head, elimination format. To the victor goes the spoils!

This event will be held on May 19th,  in Centralia, Washington at Fairway lanes!

With a maximum 16, four-person, teams (8 from each side) this event is sure to sell out quickly. We know you’ll want to be a part of this inaugural competition!

Rules and format can be found here: http://bitbowl.org/the-i-5-showdown-rules/

Registration can be found here: http://bitbowl.org/the-i-5-showdown-registration/

Bridgetown Donation to Friends of Trees

Hello Bowlers and Friends!

Now that we’ve wrapped up our 2017-2018 fiscal year for the tournament, we have been able to determine our donation to our 2017-2018 charity partner, Friends of Trees.  We presented Friends of Trees with a check for $1,000.

Friends of Trees is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization serving Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Their mission: to inspire community stewardship of our urban forest by bringing people together to plant and care for urban trees and natural areas.

For more information about Friends of Trees, please check our their website: http://www.friendsoftrees.org/

Stay Tuned – We have determined our 2018-2019 charity partner and will be annoucing that soon!

 

2017 Tournament Wrap!

First, we want to thank everyone who attended the Bridgetown Invitational Tournament this year. We hope you had a fantastic time!

Secondly, thank you for making our event a success.

Third, planning is already underway to make our 5th anniversary tournament bigger and better! You can help by taking our survey!

Fourth, results from the 2017 tournament have been published here: http://bitbowl.org/past-tournaments-2017/

Finally, Your team photos can be found here: http://bitbowl.org/2017event/ — We will do this again!

One Stop Schedule of Events – 2017

Friday, October 6th 2017:

Welcome Party

We will be holding our Welcome Social and Registration Party at Santé Bar on Friday evening Oct. 6th from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.

Sante Bar
411 NW Park Ave.
Portland, OR 97209
Facebook Event 

Saturday, October 7th 2017:

Singles and Doubles Events

All bowling at Milwaukie Bowl

Singles shift – 10:00 am to 12:30 pm
– Lunch Break –
Doubles shift – 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Saturday Night Social Party 

at Local Lounge – 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Our ever-popular Strip Jeopardy event is returning for 2017. Come join us at Local Lounge for an evening of mischief and mayhem.
Facebook Event

Sunday, October 8th 2017: Team Event

All bowling at Kellogg Bowl

Team shift – 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Banquet: La Carretta

Cocktails start at 3:00 pm (no-host bar)
Buffet style dinner served at 4:00 pm
Finish banquet by 6:00 pm