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Big Brothers Big Sisters hosts Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraiser

Published: Thursday, March 27, 2014 9:18 p.m. CDT

MORRIS – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will and Grundy Counties is asking the community to support Bowl for Kids’ Sake, the mentoring organization’s biggest annual fundraiser presented by Exxon Mobil and led by Honorary Chair Sheriff Kevin Callahan.

Bowl for Kids’ Sake raises money needed to pair volunteer mentors with children who face adversity in staff-supported, long-term mentoring relationships. 

This year’s event will be from 1 to 3 p.m. April 6 at Echo Bowling Lanes in Morris. Assisting with this year’s event is Melissa Ventola from Centrue Bank in Coal City and Kim Brown from Morris Building & Loan. Morris Hospital is supporting the event as a Bowling Ball level sponsor.

“Bowl for Kids’ Sake brings the community together in support of a positive future for our kids. No matter how someone chooses to be involved – as a bowler, team captain, sponsor, or even a ‘virtual bowler’– each person has a hand in helping to start a child on the right path,” said Lisa Morel Las, CEO of BBBS, in a news release. “Every dollar raised through the Grundy County Bowl for Kids’ Sake event, directly funds the one-to-one mentoring programs we run here in Grundy County.”

Participants solicit pledges to raise funds to support the mentoring network’s nearly 350 local affiliates. Nationally, more than $21 million was raised last year and they expect to top that in 2014. 

Bowlers form teams of five or six and each team member raises a minimum of $100 each in donations. For every $150 of donations raised, participants will receive an entry into a raffle for a free iPad. The individual bowler who raises the most money at each event, a minimum $750, will win an Apple iPad Mini.

Register online at or call Kelly at 815-942-9011. Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Grundy County office is at 220 W. Main St. # 305 in Morris in the First Midwest Bank building.

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