POSTED: Saturday, July 14, 2012 - 6:30pm
UPDATED: Saturday, July 14, 2012 - 6:34pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — The United States Bowling Congress is cleaning up now after a five month stint in the Baton Rouge River Center.
The bowlers have packed their bags and headed home, leaving behind tons of lanes and other structures.
"In every community we go to we try to partner with Habitat for Humanity to salvage as much of the lumber as we can for the local community," said Greg Moore with the USBC.
The United States Bowling Congress teamed up with Habitat for Humanity to help put the remaining pieces of the tournament to good use.
"We don't usually get this much material in the ReStore, so we are really excited for people to come out and see all this in the ReStore," said Habitat for Humanity executive director Lynn Clark.
Once the wood and debris makes its way to the ReStore Habitat for Humanity can sell it and use the profits for new projects.
"In what we are able to salvage, we estimate it'll be about $25,000 in sales for our ReStore,” said Clark. “It is tremendous, which can fund a third of a Habitat home."
Moore said the Baton Rouge community made a significant investment to get the tournament to come to the Capitol City.
Now it's the USBC's turn to give back.
"It's extremely important that we try and return that investment that the city has and make sure that both parties end in a nice happy state," said Moore.
Clark said she hopes that more events that come to the area follow USBC's example.
"Any event we are excited if it's not this much magnitude of materials,” said Clark. “We'd love to have them donate whatever they can and also come help us volunteer.”
Habitat for Humanity and the USBC will work through Wednesday at the River Center to finish cleaning up. If you would like to volunteer to help the Habitat for Humanity to help in the clean up call (225) 927-6651.