Bowl For Kid’s Sake

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF MCHENRY MAKES ‘BOWL FOR KIDS’ SAKE’ APPEAL

Fundraiser Invites the Community to Help Children who Face Adversity

February 3, 2012, McHenry, IL – Big Brothers Big Sisters of McHenry County is inviting the community to support Bowl for Kids’ Sake, the mentoring organization’s largest annual fundraiser. The event raises over $20 million nationally. The goal for this year’s local Bowl for Kids’ Sake is $75,000. Funds raised allow Big Brothers Big Sisters to carefully make more mentoring matches and provide ongoing assistance for mentors, mentees and families to help sustain long successful relationships unique to its programs. Each match costs the agency approximately $1,000 annually, so this event will support several of the almost 600 matches in McHenry County. Additionally, funds allow for more outreach for recruitment for “Bigs” and “Littles,” as currently, there are 38 unfilled matches in the area.

The donor-funded organization challenges everyone—mentors and mentees, their friends and families, partners, community leaders, as well as others who may not have time to mentor but support Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mission—to join Bowl for Kids’ Sake and change the life of a child forever. It is a fun, interactive way to make a difference, and with several Big/Little pairs participating, one can see their dollars in action.

“Bowl for Kids’ Sake brings the whole community together in support of a positive future for our kids,” said Robyn Ostrem, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of McHenry County. “No matter how someone chooses to be involved—bowler, team captain, sponsor, or even 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 McHenry County and helps to maintain and sustain our mentoring relationships, increasing our children’s chances for success.”

To join Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2012, take the first step and get started making an impact in your community, visit www.bbbsmchenry.org/bfks or call 815-385-3855, where you can request more information, sign up to participate or make a donation. By pledging to raise a minimum of $75, you can fund a new mentoring opportunity for one child in your community, starting him/her on a path to a brighter future. All bowlers receive 2 hours of bowling, bowling shoes for the 2 hours, pizza, beverages and eligibility for prizes and give-aways!

Bowl for Kids’ Sake will take place at the Brunswick Zone on Route 62 in Algonquin. Community Day events will take place on Sunday March 4 with time slots of 11a-1p, 1-3p and 3-5p and Sunday, March 11 from 11a-1p. Additionally, we have Teacher Day events on Tuesday, February 28 from 4:30-6:30p and Friday, March 2 from 4-6p.

Thanks to underwriting, so all of the “Littles” in the program can bowl for FREE. Sponsors of the event include: Sage Products, Kohls Cares, Star 105.5, Northwest Herald, BMO Harris, Walmart, Crystal Lake Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, Donald Lewis Family Foundation, Member Insurance, Minuteman Press, Corporate Disk, Intern, Inc, Knaack, Panther Vision, Northwestern Mutual/The Kratchovil Group, Affinia, Alliance Contractors, American Community Bank, Lester Brossard, Centegra, Dorian Gray, Gorey Family Counseling Ltd., Hogan Exteriors, HR Green, Master Molded, Medela, Nicor, Omni Commercial Group and Taco Bell.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters

For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. Most children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters are in single-parent and low-income families or households where a parent is
incarcerated. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”).

Big Brothers Big Sisters provides a system of ongoing evaluation and support that is proven by independent studies to help families by improving the odds that “Littles” will perform better in school and avoid violence and illegal activities, and have stronger relationships with their parents and others. Headquartered in Philadelphia with a network of nearly 380 agencies across the country, Big Brothers Big Sisters serves nearly 250,000 children. Learn how you can positively impact a child’s life, donate, or volunteer at BigBrothersBigSisters.org

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