Monday, March 13, 2017

Bowl for Kids Sake 2017 generates $36,000 for the local Big Brothers Big Sisters program

The Resthaven team from Greenville, Ohio
This year’s Bowl For Kids’ Sake event was held on Friday, March 3rd, and Saturday, March 4th at Bel-Mar Lanes in Sidney and Treaty Lanes in Greenville. The event was supported by 146 businesses who sponsored, made general donations, or donate prizes for the event, and brought together 314 bowlers to make up the 64 participating teams. To date, our preliminary figures show that this year’s event raised $36,000.

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 almost 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 3 entries into the Amazon Gift Card & 1 entry into the Grand Prize Drawing, those who reached $350 qualified for 6 entries into the Amazon Gift Card & 2 entries into the grand prize, and those who reached $600 qualified for 12 entries into the Amazon Gift Card, 4 entries for the grand prize, and a $50 Kroger Gift Card. The participants also had the opportunity to win door prizes during the day of the even.

After the event Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County drew the winners of the Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2017 Prizes: The winner of the $50 Amazon card was Zach Weaver. The Grand Prize Winner of the $500 or iPad mini was Amber Godwin, who bowled on The Early Bird Team. Joe Rizzo, who bowled on the Cargill team, won the prize for the bowler who donated the most money. He won a $50 gift card to The Inn at Versailles, a $25 Amazon Gift Card, a KitchenAid Gift Bundle, and a $50 Gift Card to Kroger’s.

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.

The Legendary Couch Lou Holtz will be coming to Sidney Auditorium on April 27th and all proceeds for this event will go to the local Big Brothers Big Sisters agency. You can get your tickets at

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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