Thanks to the efforts of over 1,000 local bowlers, the Tim Hortons Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake raised over $64,000 this year!
The annual fundraising event took place on Feb. 2 in Cornwall and Feb. 10 in Chesterville. The 2013 Honourary Chairs were local boxer Tony Luis and Cornwall-born soccer player Christina Julien.
“I’m very happy to be involved with a great organization like this and with one that helps youth in the area,” said Luis.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cornwall and District were delighted to have 202
teams participate in Cornwall alone, including the attendance of 37 brand new teams.
“We so appreciate everyone in the community who came forward, putting in new teams to help us make up the difference this year, and also to all our returning teams who, year after year, are there for us,” said BBBS Executive Director Amanda Brisson.
Many families, businesses and organizations return to bowl for the event every year. With the closure of several large employers in the area, the number of bowling teams this year at registration time was lower than anticipated. BBBS put out a request to the community for help and many new teams answered the call and stepped in. Chesterville Lanes saw a double in the number of teams for this year.
The bowling fundraiser provides a very large portion of funding for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cornwall and District, allowing the organization to offer seven free mentoring programs to area youth in need.
Without the bowlers, volunteers and sponsors rallying together for events such as Tim Hortons Bowl for Kids Sake, the valuable programs that BBBS provides local children and youth would not be possible.
“We haven’t raised as much as last year, but we will get creative and find ways to make up the difference,” said Brisson.
“The community always comes through for us.”