‘Spare’ some time March 9 to Bowl for Kids

You don’t have to be an expert bowler to participate in Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge’s largest community fundraiser of the year. All you need is a little “spare” time.

Teams are forming now for Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2013, presented by NW Natural and The Dalles Disposal/Hood River Garbage Service, is just around the corner.

More than 250 bowlers are expected to join in the celebration on Saturday, March 9, at Orchard Lanes, raising funds to support more than 80 Littles and their Bigs in local communities served by the agency.

“Each year the Columbia Gorge community rallies to raise funds for the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program. Bowl for Kids’ Sake is an awesome opportunity to help local kids reach their full potential,” said Kristin Reese, program manager. “The best part is that the entire community gets involved to make a difference for our kids — and it does!”

Teams of five bowlers collect donations and pledges from friends, family, co-workers and others who want to help make a difference for local children. On the day of the event, they bring donations they’ve collected to Orchard Lanes and celebrate their hard work with bowling, food and prizes.

There are prizes for the team in each round that raises the most money and individuals who raise $100 or more in pledges get a T-shirt.

Currently, BBBS of the Columbia Gorge has 76 boys and girls matched with caring, carefully screened and trained volunteer mentors — but there are 30-plus children waiting for a Big of their own. You can help by forming a team or pledging to a bowler.

The funds raised help support existing matches and enable BBBS to match additional youth in Wasco, Hood River and Klickitat counties with an amazing Big Brother or Big Sister.

You can help by forming a team or pledging to a bowler. The funds raised help support existing matches and enable BBBS to match additional youth in Wasco, Hood River and Klickitat Counties with an amazing Big Brother or Big Sister.

You can support a community team, family member, friend or co-worker through an online donation.

For details contact Kristin Reese at 541-436-0305 or at kristinr@nextdoorinc.org or visit nextdoorinc.org.

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