The late Don “Benny” Beneroski has been elected into the Butler County Bowling Association Hall of Fame based on his meritorious service to the sport. He continued to contribute his time and talents to the sport even after beginning cancer treatment in 1990.
His bowling activities were centered at the Freeway Lanes in Zelienople and he was a member of the BCBA Board of Directors for several years.
A large percentage of Beneroski’s efforts were concentrated on the bowling activities at the Moose Lodge. He was a Pennsylvania State Moose Tournament Director from 1958 to 1996, a term of 38 years. Locally, he served as the secretary/treasurer of the Moose League for 20 years. He organized squads for the state and national Moose Tournament.
Beneroski also organized teams to compete in the St. Clairsville, Ohio and Lebanon, PA Dutchmen Tournaments. The St. Clairsville event, founded in 1962, is the largest team only tournament in the USA. It attracted 1,207 teams in 2007. The Dutchman event is similar to the annuals PSPA State Bowling Tournament and attracts about 5,000 bowlers annually.
He also served as president, secretary and treasurer of the Community League and American Legion League for many years.
On the lane he posted a high single game of 298, a high triple of 735 and a high average of 205.
Beneroski relocated to the coast of South Carolina after his retirement from the United States Postal Service in Warrendale. He continued his involvement in the sport in South Carolina, working for Surfside Bowling Lanes.
Beneroski died in 2002 at the age of 67. His wife Nancy continues to live in Murrells Inlet, SC. He is also survived by his six daughters, three sons, two step-daughters, three step-sons, and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.