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Big Brothers, Big Sisters asks community to Bowl for Kids’ Sake

Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Utah is a nonprofit organization that provides children with adult mentors the help realize their potentials through community and school programs.

Not only does the office for Summit and Wasatch Counties offers a community program where adults in the area can sign up to mentor a child, but also runs after-school programs the four Park City elementary schools and has started a fifth program at Ecker Hill Middle School.

On Saturday, March 28, the Summit and Wasatch County office will host a Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraiser celebration at Jupiter Bowl, 1090 Center Dr. at Kimball Junction. The money raised for the event will help benefit the programs in the Wasatch Back, said Lio Martinez, Summit and Wasatch Counties Coordinator for Big Brothers, Big Sisters.

"Bowl for Kids’ Sake is the largest fundraiser for Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Utah," Martinez told The Park Record. "The money we raise from the event will help fund and support our programs and the events are held in the areas they will benefit. So, the one in Park City will support the programs in this area."

Registration is being accepted now by visiting http://www.bbbsu.org/bfks2015 . People can also call 435-649-9366 or email lio.martinez@bbbsu.org to sign up as well.

"Each bowling team can consist of up to five people and once they sign up, they can decide how they are going to raise money," Martinez said. "Some hosts bake sales. Others ask their friends to help."

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After they receive the money, they will take it to Jupiter Bowl and present it to Big Brothers, Big Sisters before enjoying some bowling, Martinez explained.

"We do ask that each team raise at least $500 by March 28, and join us at the event to celebrate the fundraising," she said. "If teams want a VIP bowling package that day, they can raise $1,000. That way they can bowl in the Jupiter Bowl lounge."

Last year, the goal was to raise $150,000 and community members raised more than $165,000, Martinez said.

"This year, the goal is the same," she said.

Not only will Bowl for Kids’ Sake feature bowling, but other family-friendly activities as well, according to Martinez.

"The theme this year is Comic Bowl, so we’re asking people to come dressed up as their favorite comic book or cartoon character," she said. "At the end of the event, we’ll have a costume contest and give out awards. We will have some ‘Star Wars’ characters attend this year to take photos with people."

Throughout the day, Big Brothers, Big Sisters will hold opportunity drawings and hand out prizes.

"A lot of the items we will give out are donated from people and businesses in the community," Martinez said. "It’s always nice to have the community help us out in that way."

There is still time to donate to the drawing pool as well, she said.

"We are always looking for more donations as well and we would love it if someone wants to donate anything by Friday, March 27, so we can put everything together," Martinez said.

Donors can contact Martinez by calling 435-649-9355 or emailing lio.martinez@bbbsu.org.

The bowlers receive two hours of bowling, shoe rentals, pizza, drinks and T-shirts.

"Bowling for Kids’ Sake has been something we have been doing for eight or nine years since we started our Big Brothers, Big Sisters program here," Martinez said. "It’s something we do annually and something fun for people to look forward to. It’s for a good cause and I think people like doing things for good causes.

"I had a team last year and had my siblings come," she said. "My brother asked earlier this year when we were going to do it again."

The main goal of Big Brothers, Big Sisters is to provide children facing adversity of any kind with supportive one-to-one relationships with adult mentors.

The two programs in Park City help fulfill that mission.

"For our community-based program, people can sign up as volunteers to become a Big Brother or a Big Sister," Martinez said. "We call them the ‘Bigs’ and they meet with their ‘Littles’ two to four times a month for activities."’

During the school-based program, the ‘Bigs’ visit the school campuses after school and meet with their ‘Littles’ once a week for one hour.

"They help them with homework or just other school subjects such as reading, writing or spelling," Martinez said. "We encourage the ‘Bigs’ to help with those areas. The second half of the after-school programs are spent nurturing those relationships by other activities like playing basketball, drawing or even just talking."

The organization tries to pair ‘Bigs’ and ‘Littles’ with the same interests.

"Volunteers are asked for a 12-month commitment and we check on each of the matches to see if things are working out," Martinez said. "If there are bumps in the road, we work with them to smooth them out.

"This is a great program and many people know someone who has benefited from it," she said. "We are very happy we are able to offer these programs here."

Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Utah is hosting its annual Bowl For Kids’ Sake event on Saturday, March 28, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Jupiter Bowl, 1090 Center Drive, Park City. For more information visit http://www.bbbsu.org/bfks2015 or contact Lio Martinez at 435-649-9366 or lio.martinez@bbbsu.org .