BANGOR and ROCKLAND, Maine — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midcoast Maine thanked and recognized the top fundraisers for this year’s Bowl For Kids’ Sake event at awards ceremonies held June 13 and 14, in Rockland and Bangor, respectively. The event generated nearly $100,000 to support the agency’s Big/Little matches in Knox, Lincoln, Penobscot and Waldo counties.
At the Midcoast Awards Ceremony on June 13, event coordinator Cathy Hardy presented the Top Business Fundraiser award to Shawn Doll, senior vice president of Bank of America in Belfast, whose teams generated more than $22,000. Bank of America also had the top fundraising team, “The Pin Heads,” captained by Glenn Reed, which raised $1,664.
For the midcoast, the top individual fundraiser was George Sawyer of New Harbor, who raised more than $2,200 in pledges. Jennifer Smith, an 11-year old “Little Sister” in the agency’s School-Based Mentoring program at Warren Community School, finished second with $1,675 raised. Smith also won a trophy and a $100 Walmart gift card as the top youth fundraiser.
All Littles who raised $25 or more in pledges and high school Bigs who raised $50 or more in pledges were entered into a drawing to win a $100 Walmart gift card. The winner was Elvis Elliot-Lee, a Little Brother in School-Based Mentoring at the Great Salt Bay School in Damariscotta.
All adult bowlers who raised more than $100 in pledges were entered into the grand prize raffle drawing for an overnight stay at the Samoset Resort and brunch for two at La Bella Vita. The winner was Tom Dayhoof of Lincolnville.
At the Penobscot County Awards Ceremony held at Family Fun Bowling Center in Bangor, Hannaford Supermarkets was honored as the Top Business Fundraiser, with 19 teams raising nearly $5,100.
The top fundraising team for Penobscot County was Bangor Savings Bank’s “Rock ’n Rollers,” captained by Louise Smith, which raised $1,900. Smith also was recognized as the second-highest individual fundraiser, raising $1,035. The top individual fundraiser was Lisa Tilton, also of Bangor Savings Bank, who raised $1,115. Heather Trask, a Big Sister for the agency, finished in third place with $982.
The winner of the Little/Big raffle drawing was Samantha Johnson of Bangor, a Little Sister in Community-Based Mentoring, who won gift cards to Cadillac Mountain Sports.
The top fundraising school was Wagner School in Winterport.
The grand prize winner of a barbecue grill donated by Home Depot of Brewer was selected through a raffle drawing of every adult bowler who raised $100 or more in pledges. The winner was Matt Hillary, who bowled for Best Buy.