Bowling Industry Service Awards

Dick Corley
Colchester, VT

2017 - Victor Lerner Memorial Medal and Induction into BPAA Hall of Fame

J. Richard “Dick” Corley of Colchester, Vermont, has been selected as the 2017 BPAA Hall of Fame Inductee and recipient of the Victor Lerner Memorial Medal. The Lerner Medal is the highest honor awarded by the BPAA and recognizes an individual for a lifetime of service to the bowling industry and represents the recipient's induction into BPAA's Hall of Fame located at the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame in Arlington, Texas.

Mr. Corley is cited for his nearly 50 years of successful bowling center management in the New England states, his many years of service to the Multi Unit Bowling Information Group (MUBIG) and Strike Ten Entertainment as well as his philosophy in sharing information with fellow proprietors to make the industry stronger.

Scott Devers
Lafayette, IN

2017 - President's Medal

Scott Devers of Mike Aulby's Arrowhead Bowl in Lafayette, Indiana will be recognized with the President's Medal for his many contributions and years of service to the BPAA, specifically as chairman of the governance committee. The President's Medal is given to an individual (proprietor/manager) judged to have given exceptional support and/or made significant contributions to the association in the eyes of the current BPAA president.

Andy Bartholomy
Springfield, MO

2017 - V.A. Wapensky Award

Andy Bartholomy of Andy B's/Bartholomy Centers will receive the coveted V. A. Wapensky Award, named after BPAA's long-time chief executive officer, "Chief" Wapensky. Mr. Bartholomy is being recognized for his leadership as longtime Smart Buy Committee Chairman and his enthusiasm for the sport of bowling. He has also been a member of the Multi Unit Bowling Information Group (MUBIG) serving as Vice President as well as actively participating in many FEC groups and conferences.

Bowling Industry Service Awards Criteria and Past Recipients

VICTOR LERNER MEMORIAL MEDAL – Presented to a proprietor for service to the industry over a significant period of time. It is the highest honor in the bowling industry and represents induction into the BPAA Hall of Fame located in Arlington, Texas. Named after BPAA Past President Victor Lerner. BPAA Board approval required.

PRESIDENT’S MEDAL – Presented to an individual (proprietor – manager) judged to have given exceptional support and/or made significant contributions to the association in the eyes of the current BPAA president and the Awards Committee.

V. A. WAPENSKY AWARD – Presented to an individual who has made a major contribution to the advancement of the bowling industry. The award is named after long-time BPAA Executive Director V. A. ‘Chief’ Wapensky.

1976 Eddie Goldberg Manny Levy None Awarded
1977 Frank Baker* Don Lowry None Awarded
1978 Roy Snyder Frank Caprise None Awarded
1979 Sam Levine Billy Williams None Awarded
1980 Alberta Crowe* Neil Scherbarth None Awarded
1981 Billy Williams Nick Mormando None Awarded
1982 Dez Isaacson Don Hillman None Awarded
1983 Don Lowry Rex Golobic None Awarded
1984 C. C. Bearden Ruben Dankoff None Awarded
1985 Ted Sieler Al Hurwitz Eddie Elias
1986 Rex Golobic Walter Hall Roger Tessman
1987 Nick Mormando Syl Sobanski Mort Luby
1988 Manny Levy Pete Santora Jack Reichert
1989 Carl Hindel Don Drooker Chris Schenkel
1990 Ruben Dankoff Sonny Frantz Remo Picchietti
1991 Frank Caprise Al Winkel Flora Mitchell
1992 Pete Santora Jack Thomas Jim Bennett
1993 Harry Wells Marcel Fournier Keijiro Nakano
1994 Neil Scherbarth Howard Baum Sandy Hansell
1995 Syl Sobanski Bruce Davis Helen Duval
1996 Sonny Frantz John LaSpina Allen Crown
1997 Walter Hall Dennis Fanucchi Joyce Deitch
1998 Don Hillman Kurt Brose John Sommer, Jr.
1999 Erv Hoinke, Jr. Jerry Ray Jim Dressel
2000 Keijiro Nakano Frank DeSocio Joe Schoenberg
2001 V. A. ‘Chief’ Wapensky Ruth Macklin Dick Weber
2002 John LaSpina Alan Douglas Chuck Pezzano
2003 William Bojé Cathy Cooper Hazel McLeary
2004 Jamie Brooks Patrick Ciniello Alton Forbes
2005 John Crum Michael Ducat Frank Esposito
2006 Ruth Macklin Rex Haney Sylvia Broyles
2007 John Sommer Jack Moran Dick Evans
2008 Howard Baum Ed Zitnik Bruce Davis
2009 Rex Haney Larry Moyes Mike Hennessy
2010 Ted Hoffman, Jr. Tom Martino Roger Dalkin
2011 Pat Ciniello Mark Voight Bob Gudorf
2012 Jeff Bojé John Losito John Davis
2013 Jack Moran Dick & Tim Corley Hero Noda
2014 Michael Ducat Kevin Krauss Gary Forman
2015 Mark Voight Cathy DeSocio Bill Chrisman
2016 Wes Becker Jeff Bojè Rick Goins
2017 Richard Corley Scott Devers Andy Bartholomy
* Lerner Award not exclusive to proprietors prior to 1981

Ruben A. Dankoff Award for Public Policy and Legislative Service

Awarded by the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America on an as-deserved basis. It is awarded to a proprietor or bowling industry leader who, or a proprietor organization which, provides outstanding voluntary service on the federal, state or local governmental levels in the development of legislation, public policy initiatives, or other political efforts, which benefits BPAA members, the BPAA itself or the bowling industry as a whole. The BPAA Legislative Committee shall, as it determines appropriate, nominate deserving individuals or organizations to the BPAA Awards Committee.* The Awards Committee will make any final selections based upon the recommendations of the Legislative Committee. Presentation of any Dankoff Award shall be made at an annual meeting of the members of the BPAA or at such other time as determined by the Board of Directors.

* Nominations from members are welcome and will be passed on to the Legislative Committee for consideration.

2001 Ruben A. Dankoff
2002 Dick Tanner
2003 Charlie Hall PA
BPA: Norm Brumberg, Doug Eiserman, Terry
Brenneman and Al Blough
2004 Bob Herbolsheimer  
2005 Jerry Ray
2006 Ron Richard
2007 Rex Golobic
2008 Kenn Rockler
2009 New York State BPA
2010 Bob Stubler
2011 No Recipient
2012 No Recipient
2013 Bill De Dominicis
2014 David Bardon
2015 Debra Bojè
2016 Reggie Frederick
2017 Roger Nyquist


This award is named in memory of Hall of Fame professional bowler Dick Weber, bowling’s global ambassador, who spent a lifetime setting the standard for all bowling athletes by elevating the positive image of bowling and promoting the game and sport of bowling to all ages both on and off the lanes. This award will be presented by the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America to a bowling athlete, male or female, who has consistently shown grace on and off the bowling lanes by promoting the game and sport of bowling in a positive manner.

2005 Dick Weber
2006 Dick Ritger
2007 Helen Duval
2008 Carmen Salvino
2009 Mike Aulby
2010 Johnny Petraglia
2011 Parker Bohn III
2012 Norm Duke
2013 Bob Hart
2014 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard
2015 Kelly Kulick
2016 Lynda Barnes
2017 Jason Belmonte

Presented to an individual (or individuals) recognizing their efforts and contribution on a particular special BPAA and/or bowling project.

Past Recipients

1995 Jim Patrick
1996 Hank Totzke
1997 Ed Zitnik, Mike Hennessy
1998 Ruth Macklin, Brett Dankoff, David Spiegel, Larry Moyes
1999 Chuck Seiberling, Ron Tomassoni
2000 Jeff Bojé, Alan Douglas, Rick Bourgeois
2001 Peppe Smith, Bill Scheid, Bob Reid
2002 Bob Jarlenski
2003 Dave Haness
2004 Don Labrecque, Roger Wiemer
2005 Luby Publishing
2006 Greg Olsen, Scott Bennett
2007 C. J. Fox
2008 Wally Hall
2009 Hank Harris
2010 Dan Labrecque
2011 None Awarded
2011 Bev Van Blair
2013 Hall of Fame Xtravaganza
2014 Natalie Savant
2015 None Awarded
2016 State of Wisconsin
2017 Dave Driscoll

Presented to a bowling center proprietor or manager, or industry partner, or a non-bowling media representative who effectively uses a form of media to benefit the BPAA or to make significant contributions to further the sport and/or business of bowling.

Past Recipients

2003 Rick Press, Fort Worth (TX) Star Telegram
2004 Bud Fisher
2005 Ellen DeGeneres
2006 ESPN
2007 Good Morning America
208 Matt Fiorito, Detroit Free Press
2009 Kent Lowe – Baton Rouge Advocate
2010 No Recipient
2011 ESPN Radio Mike and Mike in the Morning
2012 No Recipient
2013 John & Joe Laspina
2014 Chicago Sun-Times
2015 Kids Bowl Free
2016 Dude Perfect
2017 Kevin Hong

Additional BPAA awards

BPAA Proprietor of the Year Award

The proprietor selected by the BPAA Awards Committee will have excelled at developing relationships within their community including comradery with their local USBC association, actively promote the sport of bowling and have either a strong league base, success in hosting tournaments and/or strong BPAA program participation.

Although all states can continue recognizing a proprietor each year within their state, BPAA will recognize one proprietor as BPAA Proprietor of the Year in 2017. As this is a new program, we encourage all states to carefully consider submitting a name of the most outstanding proprietor in their state even if they may have been recognized in the past. No one is ineligible and even if a proprietor was recognized last year, that proprietor may be considered for this newly re-structured award.

BPAA USBC Association Award

The Greater Baton Rouge USBC Association will be recognized at the USBC Convention with the BPAA USBC Association Award which is presented to a local USBC association who has demonstrated a high degree of cooperation with their local BPAA proprietor group. The relationship between BPAA and local USBC associations is critical since local associations represent the 'consumer' and BPAA member centers are the 'playing fields' for bowling. The BPAA appreciates how local USBC associations work with our member centers and acknowledges these relationships when they are exemplary.

Nancy Schenk, BPAA President and Awards Committee Chairman, stated, "Many excellent nominees were reviewed this year and these award recipients represent incredible leadership, unassuming service and honorable dedication, and we congratulate and thank them for their contributions to the bowling industry."

The Bowling Industry Service Awards will be presented at the Annual Awards Luncheon, Tuesday, June 20, 2017, during International Bowl Expo 2017 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville. The Lerner Memorial Medal presentation will take place during the general session on Wednesday morning.