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Big Brothers Big Sisters hold annual bowling fundraiser; 'Police Chief Challenge' gaining momentum

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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, said Phillips, 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," said Phillips. "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.

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 percent 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.


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