Thursday, March 14, 2019


Big Brother, Jaysen Rump, teaches his Little Brother, Blake,
how to bowl at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County's
annual Bowl for Kids' Sake.
This year’s Bowl for Kids’ Sake was held on Friday, March 1, and Saturday, March 2, at Bel-Mar Lanes in Sidney and Treaty Lanes in Greenville. The event was supported by 129 local businesses and individuals who sponsored, made general donations, and/or donated prizes for the event. The two-day event brought together 330 bowlers to make up 66 participating teams. Preliminary figures show that Bowl for Kids’ Sake has raised $44,009.46 for the Shelby and Darke County agency, which is $8,990.54 shy of their $53,000 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 600 children throughout Shelby and Darke County.

Prize levels were determined by the amount each individual fundraised. Participants who raised at least $50 ($25 for those under 18) were awarded with an event t-shirt. Those who fundraised up to $75 were entered into a drawing for a $50 Amazon Gift Card, and this year’s winner was Jeff Weaver who bowled with the Littman-Thomas Insurance 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. This year’s Grand Prize winner was Dave Keiser, who also bowled with the Littman-Thomas Insurance team. The “Individual Most Money Raised” award went to Joe Rizzo, who raised $450 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 scavenger hunt-style games 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 13th Annual Duck Derby & Duck N Run 5K will be held on Thursday, June 20, 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 partner 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 for more information.

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