Big Brothers Big Sisters hold nationwide fundraiser.
Each year, half a million people across America come together to raise money to support their local Big Brothers Big Sisters. On March 11, people of all ages gathered at AMF Town and Country Lanes to “Bowl For Kids’ Sake,” and support central Missouri’s Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Kristan Gannaway, central Missouri’s Big Brothers Big Sister’s resource development manager, checks in participants and explains the rules for the teams.
Bowl For Kids’ Sake is Big Brothers Big Sisters’ signature fundraiser.
More than 50 teams signed up for the bowling event.
Teams of four bowlers register for the event. The bowlers are encouraged to raise as much money as they can to donate to the organization.
A young participant and his team celebrate his first bowl without a bowling ramp.
During the event, participants receive an hour and 15 minutes of free bowling, free shoe rental and food and drinks, a Bowl for Kids’ Sake T-shirt and the chance to win raffle prizes.
Heather Demitt-Fletcher explains the purpose of the event to a reporter.
Heather Demitt-Fletcher, executive director of the central Missouri chapter, said raising money for the organization is a community effort. “The whole goal is for it to be a peer to peer fundraising campaign where the members of the team are out competing to see who can raise the most money,” Demitt-Fletcher said.
The event ran from noon to 4 p.m. and was divided into two rounds, each round lasting two hours.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is a nonprofit organization aimed to help children facing adversity reach greater potential by partnering them with an older mentor or “big.” Donations from the event go towards providing ongoing support for children, families and volunteers to build and to sustain long-lasting relationships.