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Bowling for kids' sake means kids get mentors

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Submitted Photo Waxahachie Fire Chief David Hudgins, center, accepting trophy with team members.  Pictured from left to right are :  Firefighter Larry Sodek, Captain Jeff Marrs,  Fire Chief David Hudgins, Captain Don Alexander and Firefighter Shane Petty. Submitted Photo Waxahachie Fire Chief David Hudgins, center, accepting trophy with team members. Pictured from left to right are : Firefighter Larry Sodek, Captain Jeff Marrs, Fire Chief David Hudgins, Captain Don Alexander and Firefighter Shane Petty.

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WAXAHACHIE - Little Brother Anthony, who has been on the waiting list for a Big Brother for more than two years, threw out the ceremonial first ball to kick off the 3rd annual “Bowl For Kids’ Sake” held on Saturday, April 30, at Hilltop Super Bowl in Waxahachie. 

The event benefits children served in Ellis County by Big Brothers Big Sisters.  Major sponsors included Cici’s Pizza in Waxahachie, United Way of West Ellis County, Northwood University, Walmart Distribution Center, Central Presbyterian Church and Hilltop Super Bowl.  

“One hundred percent of the dollars raised by bowlers will go to the children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters in the city where the dollars are raised,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters Regional Executive Director Diana Phillips.

“We experienced thirty percent growth last year in Ellis County and rely on this event to serve the children who are currently waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister.”

Event participants learned how easy it is to be a mentor and some came forward to sign up as a Big Brother or Big Sister.  

“It’s very likely we found Little Brother Anthony a Big Brother today,” said Match Support Specialist Kathryn Kemp, who oversees all Waxahachie matches. 

“Anthony is an A student who loves sports and is a delight to be around.” 

Some of the “friendly challenges” that take place in “Bowl For Kids’ Sake” help make this event fun and successful.  

Challenge winners are awarded a traveling trophy and bragging rights until next year’s “Bowl For Kids’ Sake” event.  

Probably the most heated competition is between the Waxahachie Police and Fire Departments. While Police Chief Chuck Edge and his team of officers scored higher, Fire Chief David Hudgins and several local fire fighters raised the highest amount to support Waxahachie children in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

Other bowling challenge winners included Rock-Tenn Company winning the Ellis County Industry Challenge and the Stephen’s Ministry team from First United Methodist Church winning the Church Challenge.

Participants of Bowl For Kids’ Sake were asked to raise $100 in donations. They enjoyed a bowling party with two free games of bowling, pizza provided by Damon Bentley of Cici’s Pizza in Waxahachie, drinks by PepsiCo, t-shirts, door prizes, fun music, team photos and more.  

“Big Brothers Big Sisters in Ellis County serves more than 140 children each year,” said Phillips.

“But, currently more than 60 children are waiting for a mentor. Many of them have waited more than a year. These are great kids who are good students but live with at-risk factors like coming from a single-parent family or low income.” 

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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