November 23, 2017
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BOWL FOR KIDS’ SAKE RAISES OVER $206,000 FOR BBBS OF MID-MAINE

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(Bangor) The final results of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine’s Bowl For Kids’ Sake are in! The event was held in Penobscot County from March 27 – April 2; in the Midcoast from April 1-12; and in Kennebec Valley from May 1-10 and drew 346 teams and 1,749 bowlers.

Overall, the event raised more than $206,000 to benefit Big/Little matches in Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Penobscot, Somerset and Waldo Counties. “This year was our largest Bowl For Kids’ Sake event ever and will help us change more kids’ lives than ever,” says Cathy Hardy, Development Director for BBBS. “We thank everyone who participated in the event, including bowlers, event sponsors and volunteers.”

Bowlers in each region who raised $100 or more were automatically entered to win the Grand PrizeDrawing for that region. The three Grand Prize Winners were:

Penobscot County – Erin Underwood (Hannaford, Hampden store)
Midcoast – Jennifer Smith (Warren School)
Kennebec Valley – Jennifer Nile (New Balance, Skowhegan)

Jennifer Smith, age 13 of Waldoboro (in the Midcoast region) was also the overall top fundraiser, raising $3,381! This is the second year in a row she has claimed the top spot.

The top fundraisers (by region) were:

PENOBSCOT COUNTY EVENT
TOP INDIVIDUAL FUNDRAISERS
1st – Jessica Doucette, Quality Inn ($1,000)
2nd – Kurt Anderson, BBBS Community-Based Match ($807)
3rd – Jen Higgins, Hannaford,Bucksport ($800)
Honorable Mentions: Abby Crocker, Emera Maine ($722); Kurt Schaller ($638); Iva Bischoff, Home Depot ($600).

TOP FUNDRAISING TEAMS (Single team)
1st – Quality Inn #1 (Dennis Redman) – $1,428
2nd – CBM Match/Team Schaller (Karen Schaller) – $1,209
3rd – Bucksport Hannaford (Jen Higgins) – $1,115
Honorable Mentions: Emera Maine (Abby Crocker) – $947; Home Depot #1 (Iva Bischoff) – $910; BBBS Community-Based Match (Kurt Anderson) – $807.

TOP FUNDRAISING BUSINESSES (Multiple teams)
1st – Hannaford (26 teams) – $7,422.41
2nd – Quality Inn (2 teams) – $2,202
3rd – Camden National Bank (9 teams) – $2,102.06
Honorable Mentions – Home Depot (3 teams) – $1,808; Kohl’s (3 teams) – $1,500; Cross Insurance (2 teams) – $1,022.

MIDCOAST EVENT
TOP INDIVIDUAL FUNDRAISERS
1st – Jennifer Smith, Warren School ($3,381)
2nd – Peter Horch, Horch Roofing ($2,200)
3rd– George Sawyer ($2,000)
Honorable Mentions: Danny Jackson, Camden National Bank ($1,583); Freida Carpenter, Bank of America ($1,200)

TOP FUNDRAISING TEAMS (Single team)
1st – Horch Roofing (Peter Horch) – $2,200
2nd – “Gutterball Turkeys #1”, Town of Lincolnville (Cathy Hardy) – $1,644
3rd – “Carpenter’s Crankers”, Bank of America (Freida Carpenter) – $1,350
Honorable Mentions: Camden National Bank’s Finance Dept. (Jared Merritt) – $1,073; Big Brothers Big
Sisters (Gwendolyn Hudson) $816

TOP FUNDRAISING BUSINESSES (Multiple teams)
1st – Bank of America (65 teams) – $21,378
2nd – Hannaford (23 teams) – $9,406
3rd – Camden National Bank (19 teams) – $7,563
Honorable Mentions: Horch Roofing (6 teams) – $2,860; Town of Lincolnville (3 teams) – $2,224; The First (3 teams) – $1,403

KENNEBEC VALLEY EVENT:
TOP INDIVIDUAL FUNDRAISERS
1st – Jacy Cunningham, Home Depot ($1,600)
2nd – Sheila Turcotte, Central Maine Motors Auto Group ($1,189.34)
3rd – Rob Moore, Central Maine Motors Auto Group ($619.34)
Honorable Mentions: Jana McElhanney, Kennebec Valley Federal Credit Union ($580.40); Sandy Burgess, Kennebec Savings Bank ($541); Marc Cote, Home Depot ($460)

TOP FUNDRAISING TEAMS (Single Team)
1st – Home Depot (Jacy Cunningham) – $2,592
2nd – Central Maine Motors Group (Sheila Turcotte) – $2,344
3rd – Kennebec Savings Bank “Women of Winthrop” (WOW) team (Sandy Burgess) – $1,916
Honorable Mentions: New Balance, Skowhegan (Jennifer Nile) – $1,272; Redington-Fairview General Hospital (Jan Clark) – $1,080.29.

TOP FUNDRAISING BUSINESSES/ORGANIZATIONS (Multiple Teams)
1st – Hannaford (30 teams) – $9,235.84
2nd – New Balance (21 teams) – $8,773.35
2nd – Central Maine United Soccer (16 teams) – $4,455
Honorable Mentions: Kennebec Savings Bank (4 teams) – $3,731; Home Depot (2 teams) – $3,152; Camden National Bank (6 teams) – $2,438.65.

BEST TEAM NAMES (all regions)
Single Team: Camden National Bank, Augusta – “Team Guacabowle” (David Demuth)
Multiple Teams: Hannaford, Damariscotta store (Melissa Bossie) – “Buns of Steel” (Bakery Dept.); “Front End Fury”; “Retail Rage”; “Pre-emptive Strikes”; “EBowla Virus”, and “We’ve Been Framed”.

This year’s Bowl For Kids’ Sake was sponsored by Hannaford, Camden National Bank and Emera Maine.

If you would like more information about how your business can participate in next year’s Bowl For Kids’ Sake event, contact: cathy@bbbsmidmaine.org or call 236-2227.

Big Brothers Big Sisters changes the lives of 560 children in Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Penobscot, Somerset and Waldo Counties facing adversity for the better, forever by providing strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships. By partnering with parents, volunteers and organizations, children in our program have higher aspirations, greater confidence, better relationships, avoid risky behaviors and achieve educational success. To find out how you can start something great for a child today by volunteering or donating please call 236-2227 (BBBS) or email: info@bbbsmidmaine.org.