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'Bowl for Kids Sake' raises more than $20,000

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Submitted photo: DeSoto Police Chief Mike Brodnax accepts the Police Chief Challenge trophy on behalf of the DeSoto PD and Police Association for DeSoto. Submitted photo: DeSoto Police Chief Mike Brodnax accepts the Police Chief Challenge trophy on behalf of the DeSoto PD and Police Association for DeSoto.

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DESOTO - Little Sister Zipporah of Duncanville threw out the ceremonial first ball to kick off the 3rd annual Bowl For Kids’ Sake held on Saturday, Feb. 26, at AMF Lanes in DeSoto.

Bowlers worked to secure donations prior to the big bowling event and raised a total of $22,334, exceeding the $20,000 goal. Major sponsors included Northwood University, Cici’s Pizza in Grand Prairie, Walmart Distribution Center in DeSoto and AMF Lanes DeSoto.

"One hundred percent of the dollars raised by bowlers will go to the children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters in the Best Southwest area. We experienced thirty percent growth last year and really rely on this event to serve the children who are currently waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister," said Big Brothers Big Sisters Regional Executive Director Diana Phillips.

"Big Brothers Big Sisters in the southwest suburbs of Dallas County serves more than 700 children," Phillips said, "but currently has more than 400 children on the waiting list for a mentor," said Phillips.

Many donors, volunteers and sponsors contributed to the success and growth of the event. The growth in attendees is due in large part to the "friendly challenges" established throughout the Best Southwest to win a much-coveted traveling trophy and bragging rights for the year in several areas of competition. Winners of this year’s challenges are: College/University Challenge – Northwood University raising more than $5,400 for the children in all communities; Best Southwest City Challenge – City of Duncanville raising more than $3,800 for the children in Duncanville; Best Southwest School District Challenge – Lancaster ISD raising more than $3,700 for children in Lancaster; Hotel Challenge – MCM Grande Hotel raising more than $800 for children in DeSoto; Police Chief Challenge – DeSoto Police Department raising more than $700 for children in DeSoto; and Rotary Club Challenge – DeSoto Rotary Club raising more than $600 for the Littles in DeSoto.

Participants of Bowl For Kids’ Sake were asked to raise $100 in donations and for their efforts enjoyed a bowling party consisting of two free games of bowling, pizza provided by Cici’s Pizza of Grand Prairie, drinks by PepsiCo, t-shirts, door prizes, fun music, team photos and more.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters program is easy – it’s just about having fun and being a consistent friend to a child. Volunteers can participate in the school-based program (just one lunch period a week) or the community-based program (visiting your Little Brother or Sister outside of the school setting a minimum of two times a month).

Contact Diana Phillips at 972-573-2420 or dphillips@bbbstx.org for more information or to volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters.


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