Posted at: 11/18/2012 12:01 AM
Updated at: 11/18/2012 3:48 PM
By: Chris Long
Twins superstar Joe Mauer - and a couple hundred of his closest friends - gathered at Saxon Lanes in Little Canada for the annual Highland Friendship Club "Lanes for Friendship" bowling bash.
Click the video box on this page to see video from the 2012 "Lanes for Friendship" event and to hear Mauer, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, Twins relief pitcher Glen Perkins and Highland Friendship Club directors Pat Leseman & Rosemary Fagrelius talk about the event and the organization.
Fagrelius and Leseman, whose sons are lifelong friends with Mauer, started the Highland Friendship Club in a kitchen table discussion in 2002. Its mission is to serve individuals with disabilities from teens through adulthood by providing a range of opportunities to develop lifelong skills, friendships and connections within their community.
The 2012 edition of the event featured: most of the Mauer family, including Joe and his brothers Bill and Jake - who is currently a Twins minor league manager; Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, Twins closer and Twin Cities native Glen Perkins; several members of the University of Minnesota baseball team and their coach John Anderson; MLB Hall of Famer Paul Molitor; former Twin Ron Coomer; Twin Cities musician Tim Mahoney; former US National Soccer star Tony Sanneh; a collection of members of the Twin Cities media; and members of the Highland Friendship Club, their friends, family and supporters.
In its sixth year, "Lanes for Friendship" guests bowled on teams that also featured members of the Highland Friendship Club. Mauer's bowling party serves as the primary annual fundraiser for the organization.