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April 3, 2014

Sign up to Bowl for Kids’ Sake

TERRE HAUTE — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Vigo County is appealing to the community to support Bowl for Kids’ Sake, the mentoring organization’s biggest annual fundraiser, which raises money needed to carefully pair volunteer mentors with children who face adversity in staff-supported, long-term mentoring friendships.  

Wabash Valley bowlers can sign up for BBBSVC bowling events in Terre Haute at www.casyonline.org. Bowl times are 5 to 7 and 8 to 10  p.m. April 10; and 3 to 5, 6 to 8 and 9 to 11 April 11 in Vigo Bowl at 210 S. 91⁄2 St.

After more than 40 years, Bowl for Kids’ Sake has become Big Brothers Big Sisters’ largest national fundraiser, engaging more than a half million people across the country. Participants solicit pledges from friends and family to raise funds to support the mentoring network’s nearly 360 local affiliates, including BBBSVC. The organization raised more than $21 million nationally last year and hopes to top that in 2014. After raising $29,000 last year, BBBSVC, which has been taking part in Bowl for Kids’ Sake since 1980, is looking to raise $30,000 this season.

“No matter how someone chooses to be involved — bowler, team captain, sponsor, or as a virtual bowler — each person has a hand in helping to start a child on the right path,” said Holly Mullenix, program coordinator of BBBSVC. “Every dollar raised through Bowl for Kids’ Sake directly funds our mentoring programs in The Wabash Valley and helps to maintain and sustain our mentoring relationships, increasing kids chances for success.”

Donor funds, such as those raised through Bowl for Kids’ Sake, enable Big Brothers Big Sisters to provide careful mentoring matching and ongoing staff support that keeps one-to-one relationships going strong long-term to help youth overcome adversity to achieve lifelong success. As the nation’s largest mentoring network, the organization holds itself accountable for helping children achieve positive measurable outcomes, including educational success, avoidance of risky and delinquent behaviors, improved relationships, higher aspirations and greater confidence.

To donate or volunteer visit BigBrothersBigSisters.org.

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