- You may have heard some rumblings in Rhinelander today, but it wasn't thundersnow, it was Rolling Thunder hosting it's first annual bowling fundraiser at Hodag Lanes.
Karen Goulee is the Vice President of the local Rolling Thunder chapter, and she says the event was such a hit today, they're going to do it again.
Rolling Thunder brings awareness to MIA and POW issues, and gives assistance to local veterans.
"Our main mission is to keep the public aware that we have POW and MIAs. We want to bring those boys home for their families. I lost my son in Iraq and I know how important that is. I can't imagine what those families are going through, still not having their sons and daughters home," says Goulee.
The funds they raise go toward aide to local veterans, such as help with utility bills, transportation to doctors appointments, and they're working on buying a wheelchair for a veteran who needs one.
Contrary to what some people think, Rolling Thunder is not exclusive to one group of people.
"We're not a motorcycle organization at all, but a lot of us do ride motorcycles. So we have a big event we're planning this year for a motorcycle ride, which people can come to in their cars, too. Just come out and hang out with us," says Goulee.
Rolling Thunder is open to men and women of all ages, and there are four chapters in Wisconsin.
Thanks to Hodag Lanes, who donated 12 lanes, and local businesses that sponsored the event, Rolling Thunder came very close to its $2,400 goal.
Written By: Lyndsey Stemm