Bowling fundraiser to benefit area kids

By Danza Johnson/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Big Brothers Big Sisters will kick off its biggest fundraiser of the year March 3.
People who want to get a four- or five-person team together for the annual Bowling for Kids Sake fundraiser will meet at CREATE at 213 W. Main St. at noon Thursday for the Team Captain Kickoff.
The competition starts April 2 and teams are aiming to raise at least $30,000 for the nonprofit.
Angie Petro, a Big Brothers Big Sisters board member and event organizer, said the main goals are to raise money and introduce people to the benefits of the program. Last year the event generated $16,000.
“This event is very important for Big Brothers Big Sisters,” said Petro. “The money raised goes towards making more matches in the community, which helps improve the community as a whole. This is a great event and we always have fun doing it.”
Bill Hayden and his wife Susan will participate in the bowling event. The Haydens have been a part of Big Brothers Big Sisters for years and see the importance of the program for the children as well as for themselves.
“This program is great and I love being a big brother,” said Hayden, who has been a mentor to his little for three years now. “I focus on giving kids a positive attitude on life and to let them know that someone does care. Being a part of it has made us more aware of things in the community and the needs of the people in our community.”
People can enter as teams or individuals. Teams are asked to raise at least $500 and individuals $100. Individual entrants will be paired up on the day of the event.
This year the winner won’t necessarily be the person who bowls the best score. Thanks to a donation from Best Buy, the person who raises the most money will win an iPad. The team that raises the most money also will receive prizes.
For more information on how to get involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters, call Sarah Davis at (662) 687-1532 or Angie Owen at (662) 687-1299.
Contact Danza Johnson at (662) 678-1583 or danza.johnson@journalinc.com.