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Barstool Fund helps Pennsylvania family-run bowling alley: ‘Every month was hit or miss’


#National digital media company The #Barstool #Sports is making an impact on small-business owners who are struggling amid the coronavirus pandemic through a fund to help keep them afloat.

The owner of the #Wilkes-Barre, #Pa.-based #Chacko’s #Family #Bowling #Center got a call on #Christmas #Eve telling them they had been chosen for The #Barstool #Fund. The fund is a COVID-19 relief effort started by #Barstool #Sports CEO #Dave #Portnoy, who has been frequently vocal about the plight of small-business owners during the coronavirus pandemic.

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#Each month, a small business is chosen by the relief fund to get financial assistance until the pandemic is over.

“The next thing that I did was stop myself from shaking for a few minutes and then did the call with my sisters and my dad and my aunt and my uncle to give everybody the good news,” #Kara #Hodorowski told “#America’s #Newsroom.”

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The #Chacko’s #Family #Bowling #Center has been open since the end of #June at half capacity, until recently being shut down again.

“It’s tough, every month,” #Hodorowski said. “#Even if you have people in here at half capacity, you can’t possibly pay 100% of your bills with half of the people here. #So, every month it was hit and miss, and now, we finally have something to bridge that gap,” she added.

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#Barstool’s small business aid fundraiser has garnered $11.7 million so far, with over 100,000 people supporting. #It has directly aided 47 businesses.

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“We want to help and do everything we can to make sure people are healthier during the pandemic. #But, if we’re going to be forced to be closed or be forced to have fewer people here; spend more money on cleaning and staffing, we just need a little financial help to make it through the next couple of months or however long this continues to go on,” #Hodorowski said.

#Barstool is continuing to accept applications from small businesses to take part in The #Barstool #Fund.



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