In just a few weeks, thousands will lace up for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cornwall and District’s biggest fundraising event of the year- Bowl for Kids Sake.
Over 200 teams of local bowlers will take part in the annual fundraiser on Feb. 2 in Cornwall at Nativity Lanes and Olympia Bowl and on Feb. 10 at Chesterville Lanes.
“This is our single most important fundraiser of the year and we wouldn’t be able to do what we do for the community without it,” said Executive Director Amanda Brisson.
Several fundraising events are held throughout the year for BBBS, but Bowl for Kids Sake is the biggest. The annual bowling fundraiser is responsible for over 46% of the organization’s operating budget and allows BBBS to continue offering seven free mentoring programs to area children and youth.
The Big Brothers and Big Sisters Mentoring Programs match children and youth with a caring adult weekly for a minimum of one year. The programs strive to provide a role model and friend, promote the importance of staying in school and encourage healthy relationships with family and peers.
BBBS mentorships instill trust and self-confidence and provide an opportunity to learn leadership skills, all while having fun.
In 2012, over $70,000 was raised for the organization by 1350 local bowlers. BBBS staff are hoping to see the number of bowlers participating this year exceed anything previously seen.
“People love this fundraiser because they can come out and have a great time, compete against a local rival business and help raise money for a very important cause,” said Brisson.
The 2013 Bowl for Kids Sake Honourary Chairs are Cornwall-born soccer star Christina Julien and boxing sensation Tony Luis. Both Julien and Luis will be in attendance to encourage and greet bowlers and maybe bowl a string or two.
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