Tuesday, March 13, 2018


Bigs & Littles recently participated in Bowl for Kids' Sake at Bel-Mar Lanes in Sidney and Treaty Lanes in Greenville.
This year’s Bowl for Kids’ Sake was held on Friday, March 2, and Saturday, March 3, at Bel-Mar Lanes in Sidney and Treaty Lanes in Greenville. The event was supported by 123 local businesses and individuals who sponsored, made general donations, and/or donated prizes for the event. The two-day event brought together 348 bowlers to make up 69 participating teams. Preliminary figures show that Bowl for Kids’ Sake has raised $38,642 for the Shelby and Darke County agency, which is $4,433 shy of their $43,075 goal. Donations are still be accepted to help catapult Big Brothers Big Sisters past this ambitious goal.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County would like to thank the surrounding communities, businesses, and individuals who supported their biggest fundraiser of the year. Executive Director, Jennifer Bruns, recently shared, “the support Big Brothers Big Sisters receives from the community, businesses, and people year after year through our Bowl for Kids’ Sake event blows me away. We are very fortunate to be a part of such great communities. The event was a complete success regardless of if we reached our overall goal. The kids we serve are the ones that will benefit from the proceeds, and that is all that counts." The money raised will go toward their after-school “Buddies” program and their community-based program. Both programs establish one-to-one mentoring relationships between caring adults and children. Last year, the local agency served over 500 children throughout Shelby and Darke County.

Prize levels were determined by the amount each individual fundraised. Participants who raised at least $40 ($25 for those under 18) were awarded with an event t-shirt. Those who fundraised up to $50 were entered into a drawing for a $50 Amazon Gift Card, and this year’s winner was Sara Carr who bowled with the Mutual Federal Team. Those who fundraised up to $150 qualified for three entries into the Amazon Gift Card drawing along with one entry for a $500 Cash Grand Prize drawing, and this year’s Grand Prize winner was Maverick Long who bowled with the Super Tubers Team from Freshway Foods. Maverick has generously donated his prize winnings back to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County, and he stated, “Our team had a blast at the event, and we are thankful for everyone who helped put it on. I would like to donate the prize back to your organization as it truly makes a difference in Shelby and Darke County”. The “Individual Most Money Raised” award went to Joe Rizzo, who raised $305 in addition to his company-sponsored entry from Cargill. Joe was awarded a Columbus Overnight Gift Basket including overnight accommodations, four admission tickets to COSI, and a $25 Darden Restaurant Gift Card. Participants also had the opportunity to participate in trivia to win door prizes during the fundraiser. Photos from the event can be found on the agency’s website.

Bowl for Kids’ Sake is a nationally-recognized fundraiser, and almost 700 Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies across the country hold their own event each year. 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 they are less likely to skip school or use illegal drugs or alcohol.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County’s 12th Annual Duck Derby & Duck N Run 5K will be held on Thursday, June 21, at Tawawa Park in Sidney. The Duck Derby is a fun and exciting way to continue supporting one-to-one mentoring programs in our community. By “adopting” rubber ducks, you are given the chance to win fabulous prizes, all while making a difference in the life of a child. Duck adoptions, sponsorship opportunities, and 5K registrations are available on the agency’s website.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit United Way member agency. If you would like to become an event sponsor, donor, volunteer, or learn more about how you can make a difference in a child’s life, contact our local agency at 937-492-7611, 937-547-9622, or go to www.bigbrobigsis-shelbydarke.org for more information.

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