HARBOR SPRINGS — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan encourages bowling teams to form for this year’s “Bowl for Kids’ Sake” fundraising events benefiting youth mentoring services in the region.
Bowling events are planned for Tuesday through Thursday, May 15-17, at Lucky Jacks in Traverse City and Friday, May 18, at Northern Lights Recreation in Harbor Springs.
“We’re building momentum,” said Cecilia Chesney, executive director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan. “People are coming on board. We want to fill the bowling alleys.”
Businesses, families and other groups of interested people are invited to form teams for the fundraiser, and can do so regardless of bowling ability level. Teams can consist of four to six members, and each member is asked to secure at least $100 in funding pledges.
All participating bowlers will receive T-shirts, pizza, soda and opportunities to win prizes.
Big Brothers Big Sisters has launched a “Battle of the Banks” challenge to encourage local financial institutions’ participation in the fundraiser. A delivered lunch will be furnished for the bank bowling team raising the most funds.
Bank offices in the greater Petoskey-Harbor Springs area have formed six teams for the event. Those represented include Chase, First Community Bank, three Northwestern Bank offices and two Fifth Third Bank offices.
Teams can register for the bowling event and seek out donations online at bigs.kintera.org. For more event information, call Allison Beers at (231) 883-2708.
People who’d like to support the event also can purchase paper bowling pins from several area businesses for a pledge of $1 to $5. Donors can sign their names on the pin cutouts, which the businesses can then put on display.
Businesses selling the paper pins in the Petoskey and Harbor Springs areas include Meyer Ace Hardware, Fifth Third Bank offices and the Petoskey News-Review.
Like Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliates elsewhere, the Northwestern Michigan group brings at-risk youth together with adult volunteers to establish positive, one-on-one mentoring relationships. Bowl for Kids’Sake typically generates about a quarter of the organization’soperating revenues annually. Organizers aim to generate more than $100,000.
What: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan invites adults to volunteer as “Big Brothers” or “Big Sisters” to provide one-on-one mentoring to at-risk youth
How it works: Mentors typically spend a few hours a month interacting with their “Little Brothers” or “Little Sisters.” Options are available for “Bigs” to spend time with “Littles” at the child’s school or elsewhere in the local community. Opportunities currently are available for both “Big Brothers” and “Big Sisters,” with the need especially strong for male mentors
Requirements: An application, references, in-person interview and background check are required of prospective mentors
To learn more: For details and an online application, go to www.bigsupnorth.com and click on the “Volunteer” tab. For more information, call Gary Swaney at (231) 946-2447, ext. 203, or email@example.com.