2012 – Meritorious Service
The Toledo area gained considerably when in the late 1970’s Sherry Gratop, a St. Louis, Missouri native chose to make Toledo her home. Her first bowling center experience in Toledo was at Imperial Lanes when she managed the Public Relations Office and oversaw all of the youth programs. In the 1980’s she moved into the managers position which she held for several years. Today Sherry is the sole owner of Toledo’s largest bowling center Southwyck Lanes.
Under Sherry’s management both Imperial and Southwyck Lanes have hosted some of the nation’s largest major bowling events. Imperial Lanes was a popular stop on the PBA Tournament Tour for over twenty-three years and was moved to Southwyck after Sherry became manager there. She was the proud host of the largest ever Pro Am held in conjunction with the PBA Tour. Other national tournaments she has hosted are the PBA Senior, Eagles, Masonic, transportation and Postal and both Ohio BA and WBA State Championship Tournaments.
The Greater Toledo USBC Youth Program has been greatly enhanced, mostly through Sherry’s efforts on the Metro High School leagues in which approximately 300 area youth bowl every Saturday. The league has fourteen teams in the Varsity League, twelve teams in the Junior Varsity, eight teams in the Prep Division. Sherry, along with Buckeye Cable Sports Network, produce a format which allows two teams from the Varsity league to participate on Sunday morning and the match is televised on the area cable network with two games of head-to-head matches. the teams represent the are schools and every team sports matching shirts with their school names on the back courtesy of Sherry.
In 1992-93 she was recognized as having the largest Saturday morning Youth League in the nation. In addition to the Metro High School League, Southwyck is practice house of St. Ursula and Notre Dame Academy teams which bowl in the youth travel.
Sherry hosts a New Year’s Eve All Night Bowling Party for youths each year.
Sherry has served in the past as President and Vice President of the Greater Toledo Bowling Proprietors Association and is a member of the BCAO.