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From L.A. To Detroit Friends of Fuller Gordy Strikefest Kicks Off on Exciting Motown 60 Weekend
By Special to the Sentinel
Published August 29, 2019

Thelma Houston performing at a Friends of Fuller Gordy Strikefest, after enjoying the bowling competition.

The 12th Annual Friends of Fuller Gordy (FOF) “Strikefest debuts in the Detroit area on September 20, 2019, after 11 years of unparalleled success in Los Angeles, California, where the red carpet event is touted as a “Unique Entertainment Extravaganza”.

Fresh from attending Showtime’s L.A. Premiere of Hitsville: The Making of Motown documentary, FOF event co-producers, former Motown V.P., Iris Gordy, and television host, Karla Gordy Bristol are pleased to be bringing their highly anticipated red carpet event, to their hometown. This Gordy Family legacy event includes stage performances, bowling competition, buffet dinner, karaoke lounge, silent auction and more. There’s so much to do besides bowl!

Karla Gordy Bristol, Berry Gordy and Brenda Boyce on stage at a Friends of Fuller Gordy Strikefest. Gordy won trophy for most Strikes.

The Friends of Fuller B. Gordy organization annually honors charitable organizations and their leaders, who educate, inspire and uplift communities. The evening also brings together entertainment industry executives, business and political leaders, Motown alumni, celebrities and lovers of Motown music. Past performers have included, Mary Wilson, Thelma Houston, Teena Marie, Howard Hewitt and other talented artists.

Friends of Fuller Gordy Strikefest is proudly named after and highlights the life and legacy of Fuller Gordy, eldest brother to both Motown founder Berry Gordy and Motown Museum founder Esther Gordy Edwards.

Sonny Porter, Brenda Porter and Marilyn McCoo at a Friends of Fuller Gordy Strikefest

Gordy, was a Motown executive and, highly accomplished Detroit area bowler, who was nicknamed, “Mr. 700,” by his peers, for his outstanding ability. Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) CEO and Commissioner, Tom Clark, stated, “Mr. Gordy was one of the first, if not THE first, African-American members from the state of Michigan. Mr. Gordy played an instrumental role in forming … Detroit’s Motown Bowling League, which no doubt contributed to the popularity of the sport in what could be called bowling’s First City.”

Manuela Testolini and Eric Benet at a Friends of Fuller Gordy Strikefest

On September 20, the eve of the exciting Motown 60 weekend, FOF Strikefest will honor Motown Museum. Fuller Gordy’s daughter, Iris Gordy stated, “Our Friends of Fuller Gordy Strikefest is proud to honor the museum and highlight its magnificent expansion project, which will do much to broaden Motown Museum’s ongoing engagement with and for the community.”

Ticket purchases and info at and
Date/Time: Friday, September 20 6:00pm – 11:00pm

Location: Thunderbowl Lanes – 4200 Allen Road – Allen Park, MI 48101

Instagram: @friendsoffullerstrikefest #friendsoffuller #friendsoffullerstrikefest

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