November 17, 2017

BBBSOS Raises $31,000+ For Youth Mentoring Programs

First Rhode Island “Bowl For Kids’ Sake” Fundraiser Exceeds Expectations

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CRANSTON, R.I. (October 31, 2017)—Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State (BBBSOS) hosted Bowl For Kids’ Sake (BFKS), on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Lang’s Bowlarama in Cranston, raising over $31,000 net through event sponsorships, raffle donations, and bowler fundraising efforts. Nearly 200 attendees made up 30 bowling teams to show their support for mentoring efforts in Rhode Island.
“The goal for our first BFKS was to raise at least $18,000, and we were thrilled to raise double that amount,” said Sarah Perlman, BBBSOS board member, and 2017 chair of BFKS. “Every dollar raised will go to supporting mentoring programs for Rhode Island children.”
BBBSOS would like to thank the event co-sponsors for their generous support, especially: Peregrine Property Management; Marcovich, Mansour & Capobianco, LLC; BankRI; Cox Communications; Batista Companies; B & Z Management Group; and UnitedHealthcare.
BBBSOS would like to thank the committee members who made the event a success: Sarah Perlman (Event Chair), Alicia Barra, Christina Bisceglio, Lisa Bradley, Michaela Brockmann, Cindy & Anthony Capobianco, Mike Colabella, Sandra Cotrone, Lori Eldridge, Kelsey Greenisen, Jamaal Harris, Debbi-Jo Horton, Ed Lanoue, Julie Maguire, Taylor Millspaugh, Amy Perrino, Tina Santos, Shannon G. Scurry, and Aaron Swiergosz.
BBBSOS would also like to thank the businesses and individuals who generously donated raffle items, and the team captains and bowling participants for their fundraising efforts.
BBBSOS extends a special thanks to the corporate sponsors and individuals who purchased and donated BFKS tickets so that “Littles” (mentees) and “Bigs” (mentors) could participate for free.
“We are humbled by the support for this year’s fundraiser, and we look forward to hosting this fun event again,” said Katje Afonseca, BBBSOS Executive Director. “When Kristin Lessard, our iHeart Media emcee, announced the date of next year’s BFKS event, a ‘Little’ standing next to me exclaimed, ‘Oh man, I don’t want to wait that long!’ For me, that indicates a successful event!”
The social media hashtag #BFKSRI can be used to share or view photos or reactions to the event online.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State is Rhode Island’s leading mentoring organization and has been serving boys and girls in Rhode Island for over 51 years. The mission of BBBSOS is to provide mentors to the youth of Rhode Island who will motivate and empower them to make positive decisions, improve academic results, avoid risky behaviors and grow in a way that will positively impact our community.
To learn more about BBBSOS and the role that mentoring plays in our community, visit www.BBBSOS.org, email mentoring@bbbsos.org or call 401-921-2434, Ext. 101.

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