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Gunster attorney Debra L. Boje is being honored for her volunteer efforts on behalf of the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America (BPAA).

She will receive the Ruben A. Dankoff Award for Public Policy and Legislative Service for her guidance on new legislation improving and clarifying gaming laws and regulations as they relate to bowling centers.

Boje has been an “invaluable resource for proprietors in the southeast region,” the association stated in a press release.

Boje is a shareholder in Gunster’s Tampa, Florida, office. She focuses her practice in the areas of estate planning, probate, taxation and family business succession planning. Perhaps unsurprisingly, she also comes from a family of bowling center proprietors, and her father and brother have both been inducted into the BPAA’s Hall of Fame.

The luncheon will be held on June 24 during the International Bowl Expo 2015 in Las Vegas.

Read the profile of Boje in the June 2015 issue of International Bowling Industry magazine (pp. 52-55): Bowling’s biggest ally: Debra Boje comes from one of the ‘first’ families of bowling, and she is using her profession as a lawyer to be a watchdog for our industry.

Gunster’s Debra Boje receives the Ruben A. Dankoff Award for Public Policy and Legislative Service on June 24, 2015, at the International Bowl Expo 2015 in Las Vegas. Photo courtesy of Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America.

Others receiving honors at the 2015 Bowling Industry Service Awards luncheon include

  • BPAA Hall of Fame inductee: Mark Voight (Community Bowling Centers, Livonia, Michigan)
  • President’s Medal: Cathy DeSocio (JOMA Bowling Company, Wichita, Kansas)
  • V.A. Wapensky Award: Bill Chrisman (Storm Products, Brigham City, Utah)
  • Dick Weber Bowling Ambassador Award: Kelly Kulick (Union, New Jersey)
  • 2015 Media Award: Kids Bowl Free program
  • BPAA USBC Association Award: Metro Detroit USBC Association

“Each of these award recipients are models of excellent leadership, humble service and honorable dedication, and we congratulate and thank them for their contributions to the BPAA and the bowling industry,” Tom Martino, BPAA president said in a press release.

The Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America is a nonprofit serving the diverse interests of bowling center owners.

The International Bowl Expo is the bowling industry’s premier annual convention and trade show. In 2015, the expo will be held from June 22-26 in Las Vegas.

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