The annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake, sponsored by the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern New Mexico, is seeking bowling teams for the fundraiser, which will be held on April 26.
Bowl For Kids’ Sake is the Big Brothers Big Sisters’ signature fundraiser, and money raised through the bowling event allows Big Brothers Big Sisters to make more mentoring matches, according to a news release.
The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 to 4 p.m. on April 26 at the Town & Country Bowling Center, located at 3905 S.E. Main. Registration and bowler names submissions are due by April 12.
The funds raised allow Big Brothers Big Sisters to provide ongoing monthly support to the volunteers, children and their families.
“Each year many people come together to have fun and raise money to support Big Brothers Big Sisters as we work to positively impact the future of vulnerable children across southeastern New Mexico,” according to the release. “Bowl for Kids’ Sake is the perfect way for individuals to make an impact on our community — it only takes a little bit of effort to raise the money that is so vital to our program’s success.”
Big Brothers Big Sisters has been in Chaves County since 2001. Roswell is the home of the regional organization’s corporate headquarters. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern New Mexico serves eight counties, including children from Mescalero to Clovis, and from Artesia to Hobbs.
Big Brothers Big Sisters matches children, ages 6-17, with adult volunteers in meaningful one-to-one relationships. “At the heart of our programs is “Bigs” including “Littles” in everyday activities,” according to the organization’s website, bbbssenm.org. “These simple yet generous acts of inclusion and friendship build trust and create long-term bonds that can help direct a child to a better future.”
The organization’s mission is to help boys and girls, most of whom are considered at-risk and live in single-parent homes, achieve their full potential through long term, personal relationships with carefully screened, dedicated adult volunteers.
According to the website, research shows that after only 18 months in a Big/Little match, children are twice as likely as their peers to avoid drug use, perform better in school and get along better at home and in the community. The program is offered at no charge to the children and their families.
To form a bowling team, five bowlers including a team captain are needed. Individuals can either join a bowling team or start a team.
People may also become a virtual bowler, and support funding a new match by fundraising online.
Each bowler is required to secure a minimum of $100 in pledges for a team fundraising total of $500. A minimum of $10 per sponsor pledge is recommended.
Bowlers may register online at bbbssenm.org/events/bfks.php or to register by phone, contact Suzy Stubbs at 627-2227 to officially register your team.