Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Bowl for Kids Sake 2016 generates $42,000 for the local Big Brothers Big Sisters program

This year’s Bowl For Kids’ Sake event was held on Friday, March 4th, and Saturday, March 5th at Bel-Mar Lanes in Sidney and Treaty Lanes in Greenville. The event was supported by 165 businesses that sponsored, made general donations, or donate prizes for the event, and brought together 358 bowlers to make up the 73 participating teams. To date, our preliminary figures show that this year’s event raised $42,000.

The agency would like to thank the Shelby and Darke County communities, and all the businesses and individuals who supported their biggest fundraiser of the year. The money raised will go towards our School-based “Buddies” program, and our Community-based program that establishes one-to-one mentoring relationships between caring adults and children. Last year the local agency served over 500 children in Shelby and Darke County.

Prizes this year were set by donation amounts. Participants who raised at least $40 ($25 for those under 18) were given an event t-shirt, those who reached $50 were entered into a drawing for a $50 Amazon Gift Card, those who reached $150 qualified for a Big Brothers Big Sisters Sweatshirt, and entries into the Grand Prize drawing were given to those who reached at least $300 in donations, and a $50 Kroger gift card was able to be earned for those who donated $500. Prizes also went to the highest and lowest scoring bowler and teams, and to the teams that were the voted “best team names” for Shelby and Darke County.

After the event Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County drew the winners of the Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2016 Prizes: The Grand Prize Winner of the $500 or iPad mini was Joe Rizzo, who bowled on one of the four teams sponsored by Cargill. Rizzo also won the prize for the bowler who donated the most money. He won an overnight stay in Cleveland, two tickets to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a $25 gift card to Cracker Barrel, a $25 Amazon Gift Card, and a KitchenAid Gift Bundle, and a $50 Kroger gift card. He donated back the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tickets, the Kitchen Aid Gift Bundle, and the Kroger gift card for Big Brothers Big Sisters to use for prizes in our upcoming Duck Derby event.

Bowl for Kids’ Sake is a nationally recognized event, and almost 700 agencies across the county participate and hold the event. Big Brothers Big Sisters evaluates its effectiveness and impact on a national and local level. Results show that children who are mentored are more likely to improve in school and in their relationships with family and peers and are less likely to skip school or use illegal drugs or alcohol.

Volunteer mentors are always needed; call the office at 937-492-7611 or 937-547-9622 for more information. Big Brothers Big Sisters is a United Way member agency.

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