McHENRY – Big Brothers Big Sisters of McHenry County is seeking community to support Bowl for Kids’ Sake, the mentoring organization’s largest annual fundraiser. The local goal this year is to raise more than $100,000 and to have more than 750 bowlers.
The event raises more than $20 million nationally.
Proceeds allow Big Brothers Big Sisters to make more mentoring matches and assist mentors, mentees and families in long, successful relationships unique to its programs.
Each match costs the agency between $750 to $1,000 annually. The Bowl for Kids’ Sake will support about 20 percent of the almost 600 matches in McHenry County.
Additionally, funds allow for more outreach for recruitment for “Bigs” and “Littles.”
The fundraiser will be at Crystal Bowl, 4504 E Terra Cotta Ave. in Crystal Lake. Owners Cheryl and Jack Meyer have been longtime supporters of the community and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
There are several new additions to Bowl for Kids’ Sake. Two 9 a.m. sessions have been added for a “Bowling Brunch,” where breakfast items will be served.
Two Thursday night sessions have been added for Ladies’ Nights.
Additionally, any bowler who raises more than $150 will receive a long-sleeve T-shirt. The $K Club also is a new level where anyone who raises more than $1,000 will receive a monogrammed Big Brothers Big Sisters bowling shirt and an invitation for them and a guest to a VIP reception.
Bowl for Kids’ Sake times are as follows:
Community and open bowling:
• Feb. 24 – 9 to 11 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m.
• Feb. 28 for Ladies Night – 7 to 9 p.m.
• March 2 – 9 to 11 a.m., 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.
• March 3 – 9 to 11 a.m. and 3 to 5 p.m.
• March 7 for Ladies Night – 7 to 9 p.m.
There also are separate times for the schools and teachers of McHenry County to participate.
Bowl for Teachers’ Sake will run from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 21; 4 to 6 p.m. Feb. 25; 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26; and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. March 1.
To join Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2013, visit www.bbbsmchenry.org/bowl or call 815-385-3855, where you can request information, sign up or donate.
By pledging to raise a minimum of $75, participants can fund a new mentoring opportunity for one child in the community.
All bowlers receive two hours of bowling, bowling shoes for the two hours, pizza, beverages and eligibility for prizes and giveaways.