It’s time for the 3rd annual Dana and Parks Bowling Bash KC. Working with the Kansas City Police Officers Memorial Foundation, Dana Wright and Scott Parks, co-hosts of the No. 1 talk radio show in Kansas City, have stepped up to raise money to help law enforcement officers and their families rebuild their lives after a tragic loss or devastating injury.
Your favorite talk radio hosts are tied with one win apiece. Dana took home the trophy in 2017 and Scott came back strong in 2018. Bragging rights are up for grabs once again but no matter who takes home the trophy the real winners are the men and women in blue who protect and serve our communities.
This year Dana and Parks have chosen to support the families of two local law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.
Wyandotte County Deputy Sheriffs Theresa King and Patrick Rohrer had no reason to believe that June 16, 2018, would be any different a day at work than any other in their respective 13- and 7-year law enforcement careers.
They were to deliver a prisoner to the Wyandotte County Correction and Court Services Building, then move on to the next day’s assignment. They never left the jail transport drop-off area alive.
As the deputies were unloading the prisoner, he attacked. In the ensuing scuffle, one of the deputies was disarmed, and both deputies were shot.
While the prisoner was wounded from return fire, all that was left for the duties were widows and parentless children; Deputy King left behind three children, while Deputy Rohrer is survived by his wife and two children.
Help us show our support for the families of these officers who left us too soon.
What started as playful banter between Dana and Parks quickly turned into a challenge. Who is the better bowler? The popular duo decided to let the pins do the talking and leave it all on the lane. BUT they wanted to do more. They want to make a difference in the lives of local law enforcement officers. Bowling Bash KC brings officers and their families together with the public for a day of fun, fundraising AND support.
In 2017, the first year of the event, close to $4,000 was raised, with the money divided between Kansas City, MO, Detective GL Springer and Independence Police Officer Tom Wagstaff.
Springer was just 45 and battling stage 4 cancer. He lost his fight soon after leaving behind a wife and two children.
In March 2017, Wagstaff was one of the responding officers to a burglary in progress when he was shot in the head. He was not expected to survive but he kept fighting and made a miraculous recovery. A year later, for BowlingBashKC 2018, Wagstaff was on the center lane bowling to show his support for three Clinton police officers and their families.
Officer Ryan Morton, Officer Nathan Bettencourt and Officer Nicholas Kasper were shot in the line of duty on March 6, 2018. They were responding to a 911 call at a home in Clinton when they started taking fire; Morton died from his injuries, and his mother and sister were presented a check for $6,000 at the event. Officer Nicholas Kasper bowled with his fellow officers; he and Bettencourt both received a check for $3,000 to help them financially as they focus on healing.