Big Brothers Big Sisters hold fundraiser
March 22, 2011
The seed of Big Brothers Big Sisters was planted in 1904 by a New York court clerk named Ernest Coulter. He asked 39 adult volunteers to befriend one child.
Ten years later, plans for a national Big Brothers Big Sisters organization was set in motion and, today, nearly 110 years later, the institution has continued Coulter’s vision of bringing caring role models into the lives of children in all 50 states and 12 countries.
Last year, the Big Brothers Big Sisters Utah helped match about 1,700 children to adult mentors statewide. In Summit and Wasatch Counties, the organization provided matches to 172 children.
This year the goal is 177.
Donations are needed to reach that goal.
So on Saturday, Big Brothers Big Sisters will hold its annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraiser at the Jupiter Bowl at Kimball Junction at 9 a.m.
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Participants must gather five friends who must each raise a minimum of $100, bringing the total to $500 per team.
Each team who raises $500 or more will be able to bowl two games and enjoy pizza and other events.
The Bowl for Kids’ Sake is a nationwide idea, said Linda Schott, BBBS marketing and public relations coordinator.
"More than 400 agencies put together various Bowl for Kid’s Sake events, which support their own local agencies," she explained to The Park Record. "That means all the money we raise on Saturday will go to Summit and Wasatch Counties’ matches. That’s important because it gives the community a chance to get involved and support and strengthen their own neighborhoods through Big Brothers Big Sisters."
Generally it takes about $800 to support one match per year, Schott said.
"The money is used for background checks and providing other resources for the child and adult match," she explained. "It’s important that we, as an organization, are involved in safety issues and understand what’s happening within the relationship. We don’t want to just put a volunteer and child together and just send them on their way.
"Also friendships can ebb and flow," Schott said. "So it’s really important for us to be there to guide the mentoring through those ups and downs and provide the match with some resources that give them suggestions on how they can develop their relationship."
Big Brothers Big Sisters is provided for families free of charge, Schott said.
"So any money raised will help the cause," she said.
The Bowl for Kids’ Sake is the largest fundraiser Big Brothers Big Sisters, as an agency, does in Utah, Schott explained.
"It sets the tone for the year and helps us with the matches that we currently have and those that we will have in the future."
For more information about the Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraiser that will be held March 26 at Jupiter Bowl, 1090 Center Drive, or information on how to donate or become a volunteer, visit http://www.bbbsu.org or call (801) 313-0303. Donations can also be made by sending them to Big Brothers Big Sisters Utah, 151 E. 5600 South, Suite 200, Murray, Utah 84107.