MUSCATINE, Iowa—All around the country, for over a quarter century, Bowl for Kids’ Sake has filled bowling alleys everywhere with people wanting to support Big Brothers and Big Sisters. After a two-year hiatus in Muscatine, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Muscatine has brought back its largest fundraiser of the year to ensure that area youth can have the beneficial mentoring relationships they need to flourish in the year ahead.
A fun outing for bowlers of all ages, Bowl for Kids’ Sake has a lot going on. Bowlers will get to enjoy a full hour and a half of glow in the dark bowling, trivia games, fun event t-shirts, a silent auction, and special recognition for the team that raises the most money.
As the biggest fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Muscatine County for the year, Director Lindsey Phillips hopes to get many people involved with Bowl for Kids’ Sake on March 26 at the Rose Bowl 1411 (Grandview Avenue) at either 2 or 4:30 p.m. She has set a goal of having at least 60 teams of six people (or 360 bowlers) participate and raise $35,000 in total. As a good start, she encourages every participant to fundraise at least $75 before the day of the event. “This funding covers a lot of costs within our program, including match activities, supplies, mentor and mentee support, and recruitment efforts,” she detailed.
In practice the money raise will help children throughout Muscatine County have either a school-based or community mentor who meets with them weekly to help them navigate the ups and downs of growing up, do well in school, and prepare for a bright future. Big Brothers Big Sisters has expanded their reach as well by adding the Sports Buddies program to their roster, giving boys the opportunity to bond with a positive male role model by trying out different sports and enjoying dinner together in a small group setting once a week. “There are so many kids in our community needing a role model, someone in their corner to offer ongoing support,” emphasized Phillips. “Having that person is crucial in reducing risky behaviors, improving academics, peer and family relationships, and increased self-confidence.”
If you would like to help Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Muscatine County continue to help kids throughout the region, Phillips encourages you to get involved with Bowl for Kids’ Sake. “This is a fun way to raise money and support a local cause,” she stated. If you want to register to bowl this year, you may do so online by completing the Google Form Big Brothers Big Sisters of Muscatine County Created or by visiting the Muscatine Community Y at 1823 Logan Street in Muscatine to pick up a paper copy. Phillips will gladly provide fundraising suggestions, and recommends asking co-workers, friends, and relatives or posting on social media as great ways to get started.