Community lines up the pins and goes bowling ‘For Kids’ Sake’
HUNTINGTON — It took every lane that Strike Zone Bowling Center had when Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Tri-State held its annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake event Tuesday evening as they welcomed more than 100 supporters to the annual bowl-a-thon fundraiser.
Twenty-four event sponsors flooded the bowling alley, each with four-or five-man teams. Jeff Biederman, chairman of Bowl for Kids’ Sake, has been tied to the organization for more than two decades and said continued growth is a positive sign.
“The attendance tonight shows how much support we have from the Tri-State area. Every lane is full, and we couldn’t ask for much more,” Biederman said while looking over the crowd.
BBBSTS serves children facing adversity through the friendship and mentoring of adult volunteers in a community-based program and a school-based mentoring program.
The funds raised go directly to serve youth in the Tri-State area. Patti Price, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Tri-State, said the donations go far in helping the organization prepare volunteers.
“Every bit (of the money) raised today goes back to our community,” Price said. “We use it to help recruit, screen and train new big brothers and sisters.”
While it is the largest of the annual fundraisers, Bowl for Kids’ Sake was just one of many fundraisers BBBSTS will host in the coming year.
Jacob Roman participated in the fundraiser with corporate sponsor Northwestern Mutual. Roman, a big brother, said it is events like Bowl for Kids’ Sake that allow volunteers to interact with their little brother or sister.
“I got him into sports, so we’ve gone to countless basketball games and other places in the area that wouldn’t have been possible without the fundraisers,” Roman said. “This is a great way to have a direct impact on the people around you.”
Upcoming events include Golf for Kids’ Sake on June 22, a silent auction on July 27 and the annual Christmas tree sales around the holiday season.