Big Brothers Big Sisters seek teams for Bowl for Kids’ Sake

Posted April 03, 2013, at 8:35 a.m.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midcoast Maine is seeking businesses, organizations, and individuals to participate in its annual Bowl For Kids’ Sake event. Bowlers on each team raise pledge money to support youth mentoring in Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Penobscot, Somerset and Waldo counties. Last year, 560 children benefited from Big Brothers Big Sisters program, the largest number in the agency’s 35-year history.

Three separate Bowl for Kids’ Sake events will take place:

• April 6-12 at Bangor-Brewer Lanes in Brewer and Family Fun Entertainment Center in Bangor.

• April 22-27 at Central Maine Family Fun Center in Skowhegan and Sparetime Recreation

in Waterville and Augusta.

• April 28-May 11 at All-Play Family Entertainment Center in Waldoboro, Point Lookout Lanes in Northport and Oakland Park Lanes in Rockport.

Both candlepin and 10-pin bowling options and weeknight and weekend dates and times will be available.

Bowl for Kids’ Sake is the agency’s largest fundraising event of the year and involves hundreds of teams raising pledges to support Big Brothers Big Sisters 1-to-1 youth mentoring program.

Event coordinator Cathy Hardy expects this year’s event to be the agency’s largest ever. “With the addition of Kennebec Valley to our service area, we’re hoping to add another 100 to150 teams,” she said.

“We also expect to add more school teams from many of the local high schools who provide mentors for our School-Based Mentoring,” Hardy said. “We’re hoping that high schools will create teams from each of their classes and challenge each other on the lanes as well as with their fundraising goals. We also want to involve local police departments, fire departments and EMTs to challenge each other.”

Local businesses can support the event by becoming event and lane sponsors, donating prizes for the top fundraisers and encouraging employees to participate as team captains and team members. Bowlers then raise money by soliciting pledges from people they know. Each bowler is encouraged to raise a minimum of $50 in pledges; those who raise $100 or more will be entered in raffle drawings to win prizes, and every bowler gets a T-shirt as well. Registration forms (rosters and pledge sheets) and bowling dates are posted at www.bbbsmcm.org.

Costumes, clever team names and friendly competition are encouraged. Business teams will be joined by teams of Big/Little matches who participate in the Big Brothers Big Sisters School and Community-Based Mentoring program.

The agency’s CEO, Alex Gaeth, encourages anyone who wants to form a team to call Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midcoast Maine 593-0380 to receive the necessary forms to sign up and select their bowling date. “This is a great way to support Big Brothers Big Sisters. It’s a fun way to spend time with friends, family and co-workers and raise money to support an agency that helps local kids,” he said.

“Every dollar raised through Bowl for Kids’ Sake directly funds our mentoring programs in Knox, Lincoln, Penobscot and Waldo counties and helps to maintain and sustain our mentoring relationships, increasing kids’ chances for success,” he said.

Sponsors for the event are Hannaford Supermarkets, Bangor Hydro Electric Company, Bath Savings Institution and Kennebec Savings Bank.

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