CLOVIS — On Friday, 104 students from Eastern New Mexico University made the drive to Clovis for a bowling tournament sponsored by Alpha Phi Omega, a campus service fraternity. The tournament, which took place at Mainline Bowl, was held as a fundraiser for the family of Monica Martinez, an ENMU student who passed away last month.
Martinez, 20, was killed in a car accident on March 29 on her way back to Portales from her hometown of Tomball, Texas, which is located just outside of Houston.
Nearly $300 was raised to help reimburse the Martinez family for Monica’s funeral.
“It started off as a bowl-a-thon and we were going to donate the money to a local charity, and then Monica passed away … so we decided to donate the money to her family instead,” said Kenna Stevens, Alpha Phi Omega’s social chair.
Martinez was the historian of Alpha Phi Omega, and was involved in many other organizations on campus, including AHORA (Association to Help Our Race Advance), Kappa Delta Chi, and BESO (Bilingual Education Students Organization). Martinez was also a founding member of ENMU’s Ballet Folklorico.
“Monica was such an amazing person and we just wanted a way to give back to her family; to let them know how much Monica meant to us,” Stevens said.
There were a total of sixteen teams who competed in the event, each representing a campus organization or group of students. Stevens said she was very pleased the with the amount of people who participated.
Each team had five to six players and had to pay an entry fee of $60 to enter to tournament. Stevens said the event raised a total of $1,030.
“After we paid the bowling alley, and bought the trophy for the winning team, we were left with a profit of $280,” said Stevens, “and all of that will be going to her family.”