X Out Breast Cancer™ Foundation
A Dream Brought to Life
Luci Bonneau was a long-time bowler on the PWBA tour, as well as a best friend to SABC founder, Donna Conners. After Bonneau was diagnosed with breast cancer, her bowling career was forced to take a back seat. The two friends began fantasizing about a bowling fundraiser for cancer research. Unfortunately, Bonneau passed away before seeing this dream realized.
Attracting bowlers internationally for over two decades, the SABC Mixed Doubles Tournament is held annually to support cancer research.
Ways we support our foundation
We Are On a Mission to Find a Cure
To help and support the research efforts to find new innovations for the cure and treatment of breast cancer and other cancers, and to offer assistance and support to those undergoing treatment for cancer. We couldn’t do this without you.
The Foundation Team
Donna’s love of bowling helped drive the dream of creating the Striking Against Breast Cancer (SABC) Mixed Doubles Tournament to benefit breast cancer.
A member of the PWBA Hall of Fame as well as The Houston and Texas Bowling Halls of Fame, Donna is an award-winning bowler. She has bowled 22 career 300 games and as a member of the PWBA (Professional Women’s Bowlers Association) Southwest Region, she won 7 titles and was named their bowler of the year twice. Donna is on staff with Storm Bowling Products, one of the sponsors of the SABC Mixed Doubles Tournament.
Donna leads a freight logistics company during the day while drilling bowling balls and giving bowling lessons to junior bowlers at night.
‘Tommy joined the Foundation team to help with donations and donation correspondence.
Tony Award-nominated songwriter Tommy Conners started playing gigs in Houston and Beaumont, Texas as a teenager. By the time he began studying agriculture at Sam Houston State University, Tommy was a veteran of beer joints and ballrooms throughout South East Texas. During college he turned to songwriting, and when he left school, he returned to his hometown of Houston and began playing singer songwriter clubs. Inspired by friends Mickey Newbury and Gene Thomas, Tommy’s compositions took on a storytelling tone, highly visual slices of life, whether of the rowdy roadhouse world or poignant personal relationships. He began making frequent trips to Tennessee to write and pitch songs in Nashville, eventually capturing the ear of producer Bob Montgomery, who encouraged him to make the move to Music City. Tommy’s first cut after arriving in Nashville,“The Highway” was recorded first by Mickey Newbury, who had long been a fan of the composition and later by Willie Nelson,. Both cuts were released to critical acclaim. Tommy has had songs recorded by artists including Willie Nelson, Ricky Scaggs, Kenny Rogers, Neil McCoy, Ty Herndon, Travis Tritt , Patty Loveless , Diamond Rio, John Michael Montgomery, Chris LeDoux , Trace Adkins, The Imperials, Burrito Deluxe, The Little River Band, Craig Campbell, Montgomery Gentry and others. In 2003 his song “Git It,” written with Roger Brown, was nominated for a Tony Award from the Broadway Musical Urban Cowboy. In 2016 he was awarded the CMA Of Texas Ambassador Award and in 2017 Songwriter Of The Year. His song “Halfway To Houston” co-written with Danny Wells and recorded by James Lann went to #1 on Billboard’s Texas Chart. Tommy is proud to be writing with great new artists and had songs recorded by Austin Moody, James Lann, Drew Fish, Wynn Williams, Matt Castillo and Aaron Copeland.
Currently, Tommy is working on songs with long time co-writers Roger Brown and Jack Williams for TV and Film. Recently his song ‘Whiskey And Water’, co-written with old friends Bernie Nelson, Mark McGuinn and produced by McGuinn, has been recorded as a duet by legendary golfer John Daly and Willie Nelson. He currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife Paige and daughters McKenna and Morgan. Tommy is extremely proud to be his sister Donna’s biggest fan and a part of this most worthy foundation.
A breast cancer survivor, Terri is the Foundation’s CPA handling all of the accounting and financial reporting. She is also responsible for filing the Foundation’s 501(c)(3) 990.
Licensed in the state of Texas, Terri holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Accounting from the University of Houston-Downtown. With 36 years of accounting and management experience including the natural gas pipeline and marketing industries, her primary focus has been in back-office operations, storage analysis, and settlements.
Carol bowled professionally for 20 years, winning 6 titles including a U.S. Open. With 23 career 300 games, Carol was inducted into the WIBC (Women’s International Bowling Congress) Hall of Fame as well as the Oklahoma Bowling Hall of Fame.
Carol co-owns Carol “Stormin” Norman’s Pro Shop, U Can Bowl 2 in Houston, Texas as well as offering world-class bowling instruction and clinics.
Beth Owen Cipielewski
Beth joined the SABC team to support the Foundation and Mixed Double Tournament with fundraising, grant requests, and setting up the hotel sponsorships for the tournament
An extremely talented bowler for more than 50 years, Beth has many bowling titles to her name. She was the 1995 WIBC Singles and All Events Champion, the 2000 Hoinke Champion, and was elected to the Florida State Hall of Fame in 2018. When Beth isn’t running the #1 restaurant in Sarasota (Siesta Key Oyster Bar), she loves to give back to the youth. Over the years, she has coached over 3000 students, coached Special Olympics, and in 2017 became a “Big Sister” for Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
A high-ranking amateur bowler for many years, Lisa has bowled four U.S. Opens as an amateur as well as competed in several National Amateur tournaments. She has earned a TCBA Singles and a Red River Mixed Doubles title over the years.
These days you can find Lisa writing witty posts for the SABC Facebook page, responding to messages and emails for SABC, and managing the website.