ESCANABA - Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area will host its annual Bowl for Kids Sake event at Bowl-A-Rama in Escanaba through the weekend, beginning Thursday.
The fundraiser will kick off Thursday with Happy Hour Bowl from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Adult bowling will continue on Saturday with two Traditional Bowl shifts. The first shift will start at 6 p.m. with the second shift following at 8 p.m.
The minimum pledge amount is $30 per bowler, which includes two free games of bowling, shoe rental, and a Bowl For Kids Sake t-shirt. The top adult pledge collector will receive a $300 Visa Gift Card.
All adult bowlers who raise $100 or more in pledges will be entered into a drawing for $1,000. The drawing will be held Saturday, and bowlers must be present to win or have a proxy older than 18 years of age present.
Youth bowlers will also have an opportunity to participate in the Bowl For Kids Sake fundraiser on Sunday during Family Day/Kids Hour Bowling. This special bowling time set aside for bowlers under the age of 18 and their families will run from 1 to 3 p.m. and include cyber bowling, free pizza, soda, prizes, and other family-friendly activities.
"We have trivia for the kids," said Tanya Schuster, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area, adding prizes would be awarded in the trivia contest.
A special drawing will be held for youth bowlers that bring in pledges of $75 or more.
"For every kid that brings in $75 worth of pledges, their name goes into a drawing for one of three entertainment packages," said Schuster.
The Bowl for Kids' Sake event brings in $10,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters programs in Delta County annually.
"It goes back into (the program) so we can provide mentoring programs in our community," said Schuster.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area provide a variety of mentoring programs, including in school mentoring and traditional out of school mentoring. Last year, 398 youth were served by Big Brothers Big Sisters programs in Delta County.
"We have volunteers and we match them with youth on our waiting list," said Schuster of the traditional mentoring program, adding that 65 youth were still on a waiting list awaiting a mentor.
In school mentoring programs can either be individuals who meet with youth one-on-one during school hours, or, in the case of the Class to Class program, whole high school classes are assigned to mentor whole elementary school classes.
There is still time for those interested in supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters through the Bowl for Kids Sake event. Supporters can either sponsor a bowler or enter as a bowler either as an individual or as part of a team.
"We would take (registrations) the day of," said Schuster.
For more information about Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area, Bowl for Kids Sake, or to register for as a bowler, visit www.bbbsbayarea.org or call 789-0060.