ESCANABA - The annual Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area Bowl for Kids Sake fund-raiser is being heralded as a success.
Tanya Schuster, executive director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area, said nearly $8,500 was raised in pledges, with additional funds being raised through lane sponsorship. After subtracting expenses, approximately $10,500 remained to fund the organization's mentoring program.
During the fund-raising event, Mary Kay Crawford won the $1,000 grand prize, while Amy Cooper, a teacher with Lemmer Elementary School won a pass to the Four Season's Resort in Wisconsin.
Molly Ramsden takes time to line up her approach to the pins during the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake tournament Saturday at the Bowl-A-Rama in Escanaba. (Daily Press photo by Dionna Harris)
Schuster said the grand prize winner is selected from a drawing which includes every person that raised $100 or more in pledges. She also said during the actual event, contests were held and the winners of each contest were entered into the drawing for the grand prize.
"Following the contests, ten names were drawn and each of the ten people called had an opportunity to pick a balloon," said Schuster. "Nine of the balloons had paper in them which said thank you, and one balloon had $1,000 in cash."
To determine the winner, each person had to pop the balloon they selected.
The Big Brothers Big Sister's mentoring program benefits youth in Delta County, local communities and school districts.
"The event went very well," said Schuster. "We decided to break it down into shifts, which seemed to benefit everybody who wanted to participate, rather than holding one large event."
Schuster said the fund-raiser started Wednesday with a Happy Hour Bowl, followed by three shifts of bowling held Saturday afternoon.
"Sunday we held a Family-Kid Hour bowling event that allowed families who wished to participate an opportunity," said Schuster.
The next fund-raising event for Big Brothers Big Sisters is the annual Golf Scramble, expected to be held in June.