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Big Brothers, Big Sisters will bowl for kids’ sake

Fundraisers held a Jupiter Bowl

Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Utah is ready to rock and roll.

The nonprofit is gearing up for its Rock 'n' Bowl for Kids' Sake fundraiser at Jupiter Bowl this week. This year's sessions will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 9, and from 9-11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 11.

These events are tied to a national event that Big Brothers, Big Sisters holds every February and March, said Lacey Cole-Rae, the Summit and Wasatch county manager for Big Brothers, Big Sisters Utah.

"We do a series of sessions across the state and it's not only our biggest fundraiser across the state, but also our biggest in Park City," Cole-Rae told The Park Record. "We fill the whole bowling alley. Jupiter Bowl has been wonderful in partnering with us and has given us a super awesome deal."

The idea for Rock 'n' Bowl came up a few months ago.

"We try to pick themes each year and this year, we wanted people to get in touch with their inner rock stars and dress up for the part," Cole-Rae said. "Now, it's not mandatory for people to dress up, but it's fun. I'll be dressed up."

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The events will also feature food, free T-shirts and other giveaways.

"We'll have opportunity drawings where people can receive items that local businesses have generously donated," Cole-Rae said.

Some of the prizes include: Skullcandy headphones, Park City Institute tickets, Lunatic Fringe items, Newpark Hotel stays, Blind Dog restaurant gift certificates and cycling socks from the Sock Store.

The funds will be raised by participants.

"We have individuals or businesses that will make teams, and each team of five people is responsible for raising at least $500 as a minimum goal," Cole-Rae said. "Each team member can donate $100 each or asked their family, friends and coworkers for donations."

People are welcome to raise more by asking family, friends and co-workers for donations, she said.

"Thursday is filling up, but we do have lanes available for all three sessions," Cole-Rae said. "Also, if individuals want to participate, they can come and I can put them on a team."

There are two ways people can register.

The easiest way is to visit the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Utah website, http://www.bbbsu.org.

"People can click on the Rock 'n' Bowl information and register directly there," Cole-Rae said.

The other option is to call the office at 435-649-9366, and Cole-Rae will talk them through the registration process.

"Also, if people want to donate but can't make either of the bowling sessions, they can do so on line," she said. "All the money Rock 'n' Bowl raises will go back into the local programs in Summit and Wasatch counties."

Big Brothers, Big Sisters served 138 children in Summit and Wasatch counties last year.

"It is a common perception that the kids in Park City are doing well, but the reality is that there are divisions in our community," Cole-Rae said. "We have kids who live in poverty. There are kids who are part of single-parent families or in overcrowded living spaces, and there are also kids who need help in school because their parents or guardians are too busy working two or more jobs to make ends meet.

"The purpose of Big Brothers, Big Sisters is to pair kids who are facing adversity with consistent and dependable adults mentors to help give these kids a leg up and help them do better in school or developing healthy relationships with peers and families as well as developing better attitudes towards school," she said. "Big Brothers, Big Sisters also help kids avoid risky behavior that involve drugs and alcohol."

The nonprofit has served the Wasatch Back for more than 10 years through two programs: School Days and community-based mentoring.

"We partner with all of the area's elementary schools and with Ecker Hill Junior High on this," Cole-Rae said. "Mentors visit their little brothers' or little sisters' schools for one hour one day a week."

Community-based mentoring is how most people know about Big Brothers, Big Sisters.

"This is when mentors partners with families of their little brothers or little sisters."
Cole-Rae said there is nothing like seeing how the nonprofit has affected the lives of local children.

"It's fun and rewarding to see the difference in these kids' lives that the mentors can help foster," she said.

Big Brothers, Big Sisters will host the Rock 'n' Bowl for Kids' Sake fundraiser at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 9, and at 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 11, at Jupiter Bowl, 1090 Center Drive at Kimball Junction. Teams of five will raise money, bowl and participate in opportunity drawings. For information or to register, visit http://www.bbbsu.org.