easter-seals-western-pa[pullquote style=”right” quote=”dark”]Turkey Bowl has raised over ½ Million Dollars ($502,647) for Easter Seals!! [/pullquote] The Turkey Bowl began in the backyards of the Crooks and Dovey families 46 years ago, as a game played before the Thanksgiving Day feast. In 1971 the forces of Dovey were renamed the Bears, the forces of Crooks renamed the Bulls. In that year Oscar Zerbe was the hero of the day having plowed 18 inches of snow from the playing surface so the game could commence.

In addition to playing in the backyards of Dovey and Crooks the annual clash of wills has been played at Price Field, Richland Stadium and now calls the Point Stadium home.

During the last 4 decades uniforms were introduced, as well as officials and rules. The Million Dollar Turkey Bowl Band debuted in the late 70s and still plays till this day.

Cheerleaders and a concession stand entered the scene and later the leadership reins were handed over to Tim Clark (Bears) and Bob Gardill (Bulls).

The most significant decision regarding the annual tussle was made in 1972 when the players decided to use the game to raise money for the Easter Seals Society. To date the Turkey Bowl has raised over ½ Million Dollars ($502,647) for Easter Seals!! 

Today many of our local business men and a few that travel back to their hometowns for the holiday make up the outstanding athletes that have given their time, money and muscles (often pulled) as Bulls or Bears.

Kick-off is at 10 am on Thanksgiving morning at the Point Stadium. Admission is free, so come out show your support for the Bulls and the Bears.

One Way You Can Help


For each new “LIKE” on the Kabler/Thomas Financial Facebook page, Kabler/Thomas will donate $5 to 46th Annual Turkey Bowl that will benefit the Easter Seals of Western PA. Our goal is to reach $500!

For additional information on the Easter Seals please contact:

Annette Shearman Division Director 1-814-535-5508 easterseals.dir@atlanticbbn.net

Sandy Roush Special Events Coordinator 814-535-5508 / 814-242-2093 cell easterseals.dev@atlanticbbn.net

About Easter Seals

Easter Seals provides exceptional programs and services to ensure that people with disabilities or other special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities. We provide programs in Pittsburgh, Franklin, Oil City, Johnstown, Somerset, Altoona, State College, York & Harrisburg.

To learn more, please go to the Easter Seals Western and Central Pennsylvania website.