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Helping Haiti


Scott Furman, co-owner of Playdrome Devon Lanes, with wife Ellen and daughter Zoe.In the aftermath of Haiti’s Jan. 12 earthquake, individuals and organizations from the Main Line to China have focused their attention on relief. That includes brothers Brett Furman of Tredyffrin Township and Scott Furman of Bryn Mawr. They co-own Playdrome Devon Lanes, and regularly host local charities’ fundraisers at the bowling center. So when it came to Haiti, they couldn’t resist the urge to reach out.

“We see the pain and suffering that the Haiti people are enduring right now. We just wanted some way to help, even though it might be small in comparison,” says Brett.

Through Feb. 14, Playdrome served as a donation drop-off, accepting monetary contributions for the American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania chapter, plus canned food and other goods that Philadelphia’s Deliverance Evangelistic Church will take directly to Haiti. Donations included tools like hammers and flashlights, toiletries, diapers, medical supplies like bandages, and bottled water.

Haley, Lisa, Morgan and Brett Furman, who co-owns Playdrome Devon Lanes.Playdrome sees about 500 customers every weekend, says Brett. But for those who needed an incentive to donate, the first 50 families on Feb. 13 received a $20 Bowling Rewards Card. The Furmans also contacted the Playdrome centers in Allentown and Cherry Hill, N.J., to set up similar collections.

300 Lancaster Ave., Devon; (610) 688-1920, playdromebowl.com. 

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