Friday, March 10, 2017

Communities Get Ready to Lace Up for Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2017!

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine invites businesses, organizations and individuals to participate in Bowl For Kids’ Sake 2017 presented by Camden National Bank, Hannaford and United Insurance.  More than 600 teams of bowlers will raise funds to support youth mentoring in Androscoggin, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Penobscot, Somerset and Waldo Counties.

Bowl for Kids’ Sake events are held in four regions (Midcoast, Kennebec Valley, Central Maine and Penobscot County) with nights and weekend options at multiple bowling centers.  The event is Big Brothers Big Sisters’ largest fundraising event of the year, involving hundreds of people raising pledges to support BBBS 1-to-1 youth mentoring programs in schools and local communities. Last year’s event raised over $286,000.

Funds raised through Bowl for Kids’ Sake play a critical role in creating and supporting hundreds of carefully made matches between high school students and their Littles in school-based programs, and support strong and enduring relationships between community Bigs and their Littles. All services are free of charge to children and families. Last year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine served more than 700 youth facing adversity.

Businesses and individuals can register bowling teams online at bbbsmidmaine.org, select a desired bowling date and time and create personal fundraising pages where supporters can make electronic donations.  Bowlers can also download pledge forms to collect donations to bring to the event. Teams that raise $500 or more will receive this year’s “Go Big or Go Home” t-shirts at the event. Individuals who raise $100 or more are entered into a grand prize drawing. Recognizing supporters as heroes, this year’s theme is “Super Heroes” and teams are invited to dress in super hero costumes. There will be hourly bowling prizes awarded and a special recognition event for high fundraisers.

BBBS of Mid-Maine Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2017 Event Schedule:
Midcoast: (Northport, Belfast, Rockport and Waldoboro) April 2 – 11
Kennebec Valley: (Skowhegan, Augusta, Hallowell) May 1 – 6
(A special event, “Putt 4 Cass” is planned in Kennebec Valley May 20, at Gifford’s Famous Ice Cream and Mini Golf in Waterville to honor the memory of Big Sister and BBBS Volunteer Cassidy Charette, whose life was taken in a hayride accident October 11, 2014.)
Central Maine: (Lewiston, Wilton, South Paris) May 11 – 17
Penobscot County Bowl for Kids’ Sake will be held in Bangor and Brewer in November.

Local businesses can support Bowl for Kids’ Sake and Putt 4 Cass by becoming sponsors, donating prizes and registering teams to participate. Volunteers are also welcome.  FMI or help registering teams call 236-BBBS (2227) email info@bbbsmidmaine.org or visit bbbsmidmaine.org.

(Photo Cutline: Big Sister Valerie King and her Little Sister Destinee Pearl give back every year to the organization that brought them together by participating in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine Bowl for Kids’ Sake.

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