November 18, 2017

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State to “Bowl For Kids’ Sake” Seeking bowling teams, donors, and event sponsorship

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CRANSTON, R.I. (August 29, 2017)—Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State (BBBSOS) will host Bowl For Kids’ Sake (BFKS), on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Lang’s Bowlarama in Cranston. Participants can sign up in teams of five to participate in a private bowling party, and raise donations from family and friends leading up to the event—with a fundraising goal of $100 for each participant.
“Our goal is to raise at least $18,000 through sponsorships, ads, raffles, and team commitments,” said Sarah Perlman, BBBSOS board member, and 2017 chair of BFKS. “Every dollar raised will go to supporting mentoring programs for Rhode Island children.”
In addition to signing up to bowl and collect donations, businesses and individuals are needed to sponsor the event, purchase advertisement space in the event program, and donate raffle items for day-of event raffles. This is the first year that BBBSOS will host a bowling fundraiser, although the event model has successfully raised funds and brought the community together for other Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies around the country.
“Research indicates that one-on-one mentoring has a profound impact on children—boosting self-confidence, improving school performance, and helping them avoid risky behaviors” said Katje Afonseca, BBBSOS Executive Director. “While not everyone can commit to a long-term mentoring relationship, supporting Bowl for Kids’ Sake helps us match more at-risk children with caring adult mentors.”
Teams may sign up to bowl at https://www.crowdrise.com/BFKSRI. We anticipate 40+ teams will join to bowl and fundraise for Bowl For Kids’ Sake. A celebratory bowling party will take place on Saturday, October 14, 2017 and teams are able to choose their bowl time of either 11:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m. Participants will enjoy free bowling rental shoes, pizza, soda, and prizes.
The fundraiser is being co-sponsored by: Marcovich, Mansour & Capobianco, LLC; Mercedes-Benz of Warwick; BankRI; Cox Communications; Batista Companies; Batista & Zappone Management Group; Peregrine Group, LLC; and UnitedHealthcare.
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 participate in BFKS, or 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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