Bowl for Kids’ Sake sells out for second consecutive year

For the second consecutive year, the Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) Bowl for Kids’ Sake event is sold out.

The annual glow bowling fundraiser helps the program place and supervise children within the community to be mentored.

“We are very excited that Bowl for Kids’ Sake is sold out this year,” said BBBS development coordinator Natasha Thompson.

“We know for sure P.A. enjoys this event and is having a good time.”

In addition to the bowling, the organization has prizes in poker bowl and novelty bowl games. The event will also feature a silent auction, a 50/50 draw and a chance to win cash in the Strike Off.

In that event, bowlers buy a ball and compete in a strike-throwing competition. Miss a strike, and you’re out.

The last person standing receives half of the pot.

Prizes will also be awarded in the costume challenge. While last year it was St. Patrick Day themed this year’s competition is the dress like a rock star costume challenge, with prizes for individuals and teams.

Most importantly, though, the event is a good way for BBBS to raise funds to continue supporting the children and mentors they serve.

“Mentoring really does help young people find their own strength, feel good about themselves and achieve their potential,” Thompson said.

Currently, 31 children are matched up through the program, and another ten will be matched in the next month.

“(The funds) help us match children with mentors. We have to screen volunteers and train them and support them. We monitor all of the relationships that we create. We plan to match more children, and to keep on supporting the relationships we have already created” she said.

“It’s very important for us to have a quality program. Some of the children have been matched for four to five years. We’re very excited because we know that it’s very positive for them.”