Striking it Big for Youth Facing Adversity

By: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend
By: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend

March 1, 2011, Tallahassee, FL—

As Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend gears up for its annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraising event, the donor-funded, volunteer-supported agency reminds the community that Bowl for Kids’ Sake is not actually about bowling. “It’s about helping over 350 Big Bend children achieve success in life,” says Louis Garcia, CEO.

For the last 27 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend has hosted the fun-filled event as a way for local businesses,
civic groups, families, faith communities, clubs, associations, individual citizens and volunteer mentors to support the local
efforts to put children facing adversity on the right path. Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend relies on this important
event to generate approximately 10% of its revenue.

With the funding, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend creates and supports over 350 life-changing mentoring
relationships between children and caring adult mentors annually. These mentoring relationships help at-risk youth beat
the odds by attaining higher aspirations, greater confidence, educational success, and better relationships with parent,
teachers and peers. Youth served are also less likely to become involved in violence, drugs and other illegal activities.

This year, Bowl for Kids’ Sake will take place over two days. The first event, the BIG Champion VIP Bowl, will take place on
Thursday, April 14, 2011 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and will host the agency’s $1,000+ sponsors. The second event, the
Community Day Bowl will take place on Saturday, April 16, 2011 from 10:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Both events will take place at
Florida State University’s Crenshaw Lanes.

With over 350 participants, Bowl for Kids’ Sake will raise over $35,000 in 2011. Those wishing to start something for children
in the Big Bend may participate by challenging themselves to raise $500 to help fund a child’s new mentoring opportunity.
For more information, call 850.386.6002, email merridith.crowe@bbbsbigbend.org or visit www.bbbs.org/bowl.


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