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Junior Achievement 2023 Media Celebrity Bowling Challenge Winners Announced

News Release
January 19, 2023

For more information, contact:
Katie Babcock
Events & Communications Manager
716-853-1381 x210

Junior Achievement Media Celebrity Bowling Challenge Winners Announced

(Buffalo, NY) On January 19, 2023, local media talent competed at Transit Lanes & Keglers newly renovated boutique bowling area in a five-frame showdown to win the JA Golden Bowling Pin at the 6th Annual Junior Achievement (JA) of WNY Media Celebrity Bowling Challenge.

Winning both bragging rights and the JA Golden Bowling Pin, was Brayton Wilson of WBEN News Radio 930 who bowled an impressive score of 108 in just five frames! Tom Puckett of WBEN News Radio 930 and Phil Arno of WBBZ-TV, bowled the second and third highest scores of 76 and 66 points, respectively. Top Team score also went to WBEN News Radio 930.

The JA Media Celebrity Bowling Challenge was held to raise awareness for Junior Achievement programs and its March and May JA Bowl-A-Thon fundraising events. Now in its 37th year, the JA Bowl-A-Thon presented by Bank of America, is Western New York’s longest running and largest bowling fundraiser, and it raises one quarter of JA’s total operating budget. Proceeds from the JA Bowl-A-Thon make it possible for Junior Achievement to reach over 12,000 Western New York students. Funds raised locally stay local.

“If the Media Celebrity Bowling Challenge is any indication,” said JA President John Crawford, “the upcoming Junior Achievement Bowl-a-Thon is going to be a ton of fun. Thanks to all our terrific celebrities! Smack talk aside, they are a terrific and entertaining group of friends.”  

Participating media talent included Scott Patterson from Spectrum News, Jon Harris of The Buffalo News, Cassiday Proctor and Anthony Wise of 103.3 The Edge, Dave Fields from 96.1 The Breeze, Phil Arno from WBBZ-TV, Tom Puckett and Brayton Wilson with WBEN News Radio 930, Liz Mantel from 107.7|104.7 The Wolf, Elizabeth Carey of AAA Western & Central New York, and Emily Lampa and Mercedes Wilson from WKBW 7/AM Buffalo.

For more information about Junior Achievement of WNY, please call 716-853-1381. For more information about the JA Bowl-A-Thon, please visit or

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students in kindergarten through 12th grade about financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and career & work readiness through experiential learning experiences. This past school year, Junior Achievement of WNY enriched the lives of over 11,000 students in 95 schools and community organizations throughout the eight counties of Western New York. JA’s success is due to its many generous supporters and more than 250 classroom volunteers. For more information about Junior Achievement and how you can make a difference in a child’s life, visit our Web site at follow us on Twitter at @JAofWNY, Instagram at @JAofWNY and Facebook at @JAofWNY.

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