Archive for Thursday, April 6, 2006

Big Brothers raise $15K in pledges at event

April 6, 2006

Area residents raised $15,000 in pledges for the first Bowl For Kids' Sake event for Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Leavenworth County.

The event took place Saturday and Sunday at Skyway Lanes Bowling Center in Leavenworth. It attracted roughly 90 bowlers, said Mona Kerns, vice president of the Leavenworth County chapter of Big Brothers-Big Sisters.

"It went very well," Kerns said. "I was very encouraged by the first-year turnout."

To match a Big Brother or Big Sister to a youth, it costs about $1,000 a year, meaning that last weekend's fundraiser should help match 15 Leavenworth County youths to adults.

Bowl for Kids' Sake is a nationwide fundraiser for Big Brothers-Big Sisters, a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1904. It is the oldest and largest youth mentoring organization in the United States.

In Douglas County, Kerns said that Big Brothers-Big Sisters chapter raised about $85,000 at its bowling event.

Although Leavenworth County didn't raise as much money, she was encouraged by local residents' efforts. Unlike in Douglas County, Leavenworth County's chapter is young. It was established in May 2005.

"We had such a good turnout," Kerns said. "Lots of enthusiasm. Everyone was there for a great cause. "They did a wonderful job of recruiting bowlers and gathering pledges."

Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Leavenworth County's next fundraiser will be in November, when the chapter will play host to a breakfast. At the event, chapter officials will share stories about the mentoring program and give presentations about the organization. At the breakfast, people will be asked to donate to Big Brothers-Big Sisters over a three-year period.

A date and location for the event have not been set, Kerns said.

For more information about the organization, or to become a Big Brother or Big Sister, contact Debra Kendall in the Leavenworth office, 509 Shawnee, at (913) 651-2600.

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