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Big Brothers Big Sisters holding annual bowling fundraiser, with ‘Police Chief Challenge’ gaining momentum

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Diana Phillips, regional executive director with Big Brothers Big Sisters. Diana Phillips, regional executive director with Big Brothers Big Sisters.

CEDAR HILL – Bowl for Kids’ Sake, the signature annual fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26 at AMF DeSoto Lanes, 121 Northgate Drive in DeSoto.

Simultaneously will be a friendly challenge among police chiefs from all Best Southwest cities to win a travelling trophy and bragging rights until next year. Visit www.bowlforkidssake.org to donate to your local police chief: Steve Rhodes for Cedar Hill, Mike Brodnax for DeSoto, Robert Brown for Duncanville and Keith Humphrey for Lancaster.

Bowl For Kids' Sake (BFKS) is the largest annual fundraising event for Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS). It takes the form of a bowl-a-thon for which participants secure sponsors and then come to the event to enjoy a large bowling party. Register by visiting www.bowlforkidssake.org.

Diana Phillips, regional executive director for Big Brothers Big Sisters, said her organization has been serving children in the Best Southwest community for several decades through a program that places mentors with children to meet them in the community.  Its newer venture is a school-based program through which mentors spend a lunch break with their “Littles,” or mentees.

The mission of BBBS is to enrich, encourage and empower children to reach their highest potential through safe, positive, one-on-one mentoring relationships. It builds relationships that change the lives of the Little and the Big. Bowl for Kids’ Sake has been a tremendous success in previous years, Phillips said, and she’s optimistic about this year’s being better still.

“A lot of our bowlers didn’t even have to donate personally last year. It really was a successful event,” Phillips said. “I’m just so excited about that.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters serves more than 700 children in the Best Southwest area, about 80 of whom are in Cedar Hill. More than 400 kids in the Best Southwest area are on the waiting list. Last year’s bowl-a-thon raised more than $20,000 for the local program, Phillips said, more than 25 percent of which was from Northwood University. Northwood also contributed the most bowlers.

Contact Phillips at 972-573-2420 or dphillips@bbbstx.org to volunteer with or donate to Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Northwood’s Provost Dr. Kevin Fegan serves on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters. This is a vitally important group to support, Dr. Fegan said, emphasizing the incredible results measured by researchers. Chief among them: Children who form relationships with mentors through Big Brothers Big Sisters are more likely to get along better with their families, 46 percent less likely to begin using illegal drugs, 27 percent less likely to begin using alcohol and 52 percent less likely to skip school.

“Mentoring through Big Brothers Big Sisters has an enduring, powerful impact not only on the lives of the Littles, but also on those of the Bigs,” Dr. Fegan said, who has been a mentor at Plummer Elementary for three years. “Everyone has the power and ability to dramatically improve a child’s life.”

Roy Wilson, Northwood’s director of outreach, said Northwood is thrilled to be working so closely with BBBS. This is an organization that shares Northwood’s beliefs about treating everyone with consideration for their circumstances and thoughtful regard for their value as human beings, he said. Wilson also has been a “Big” at Plummer for three years.

“Northwood is always proud to be a sponsor and a participant in Bowl for Kids’ Sake,” Wilson said. “Our eight teams -- consisting of alumni, faculty, staff and students -- had a terrific time last year. We know the money we raise benefits many great kids and we’re looking forward to making an even bigger impact this year.”

More About Bowl For Kids’ Sake:

Bowl For Kids’ Sake is Big Brothers Big Sisters’ signature fundraising event. Each year, donors and bowlers come together to raise money and support Big Brothers Big Sisters in their efforts to help children.

Bowl For Kids' Sake is an easy and fun way to make a difference. Teams are formed with five to six members. Each team bowler is asked to obtain a minimum of $100 in sponsorships (for a total of $500 - $600 per team). That’s only $10 from ten people.

All of the event expenses are completely underwritten by our corporate sponsors. Therefore, 100% of the money raised by bowling teams supports the at-risk children in our community served through one-to-one mentoring relationships.

After you have secured your sponsorships, it’s time to have fun! You’ll receive two free games of bowling (shoe/ball rental included), a Bowl For Kids’ Sake t-shirt, food, drinks, chances at door prizes, and a souvenir team photo.

Partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters through Bowl For Kids’ Sake makes a measurable, long-lasting impact on your community, local schools and the children. Mentoring works. It works to ensure a more educated workforce, more successful customer base and long term economic viability of your community. Supporting the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters sustains the mission of mentoring.

More About Northwood University:

More about Northwood:

Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.

Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at three full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida, mid-Michigan and northern Texas. Adult Degree Programs are available in eight states with many course delivery options including an online option.

The DeVos Graduate School offers full-time, evening and industry specific master’s degree programs for entrepreneurs and executives in Michigan, Texas, Florida and Switzerland. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise in Midland, Michigan, specializes in creative thinking and innovation development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in Switzerland, China, Malaysia and Sri Lanka. Northwood University also operates the Margaret Chase Smith Library in Maine.

Northwood’s Texas Campus has developed its “Speaker Series” in response to a desire to integrate renowned experts into student engagement opportunities. In addition to providing a quality business education, Northwood seeks to develop students’ interest and awareness regarding current events, current leaders and potential changes on the economic horizon.

Northwood also has introduced the “Values Emphasis Program” to highlight the importance of personal values for students. The programming includes campus-wide speakers as well as classroom visits. The topics span from ethics in business to the value of the free-market system. Education at Northwood is intended to expand the minds of students in terms of their careers and their role in society.

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