Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore is appealing to the community to support Bowl for Kids’ Sake, the mentoring organization’s biggest annual fundraiser, which raises money needed to carefully pair volunteer mentors with children who face adversity in staff-supported, long-term mentoring friendships.
After more than forty years, Bowl for Kids’ Sake has become Big Brothers Big Sisters’ largest national fundraiser, engaging more than a half million people across the country. Participants solicit pledges from friends and family to raise funds to support the mentoring network’s nearly 360 local affiliates, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore. The organization raised more than $21 million nationally last year and hopes to top that in 2013. After raising $35,000 last year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore Bowl for Kids’ Sake committee members are working to raise $70,000 this season.
“Bowl for Kids’ Sake brings the entire community together in support of a positive future for our kids,” said Cindy Timmerman, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore. “No matter how someone chooses to be involved—bowler, team captain, sponsor, or as a virtual bowler—each person has a hand in helping to start a child on the right path. Every dollar raised through Bowl for Kids’ Sake directly funds our mentoring programs in Mason, Oceana, Muskegon, and Ottawa Counties and helps to maintain and sustain our mentoring relationships, increasing kids chances for becoming Caring, Confident, Competent and Contributing adults within their community.”
Donor funds, such as those raised through Bowl for Kids’ Sake, enable Big Brothers Big Sisters to provide caring adults to mentor vulnerable children in need, and ongoing staff support, keeping one-to-one relationships going strong long-term to help youth overcome adversity to achieve lifelong success. As the nation’s largest and most effective mentoring network, the organization holds itself accountable for helping children achieve positive measurable outcomes including educational success, avoidance of risky and delinquent behaviors, improved relationships, higher aspirations and greater confidence.
Interested bowlers can register and solicit donations for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore bowling events at www.bbbslakeshore.org/bowl.
Event Dates & Times
- March 1 - Ravenna Bowling Center, Ravenna - 7 p.m.
- March 2 - Sherman Bowling Center, Muskegon - 7 p.m.
- March 3 - Starlight Lanes, Grand Haven - 7 p.m.
- March 9 - Sherman Bowling Center, Muskegon - 12 p.m. - KIDS’ BOWL
- March 9 - Sherman Bowling Center, Muskegon - 7 p.m.
- March 15 - Northland Lanes, Holland - 7 p.m.
- March 16 - FOE Bowling Center, Hart - 7 p.m.
- March 22 - Northway Lanes, Muskegon - 7 p.m.
- March 23 - Country Lanes, Ludington - 2 p.m.
- April 13 - Northway Lanes - 5 p.m. - WRAP UP PARTY!
Source: Big Brothers Big Sisters