Bowlers raise funds for kids' sakes

April 10, 2011|By DAVE MCMILLION |
  • Katie Ellis, 11, of Sharpsburg, bowls Sunday afternoon during Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County's Bowl For Kids' Sake at Turner's Dual Lanes in Hagerstown.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — About 300 bowlers turned out at Turner’s Dual Lanes Sunday for the annual Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County fundraiser that has been a local tradition for more than 25 years.

Bowlers got pledges for an afternoon of bowling and it was hoped the Bowl for Kids’ Sake event would raise about $40,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County, said Celia Palmer, chairperson for the event and a member of the organization’s board of directors.

At the end of the event, about $31,000 had been raised and event organizers still were adding up some other money from raffles, Palmer said.

“We’re happy with that for now,” Palmer said.

Bowlers could either get a flat pledge from sponsors or get pledges of a certain amount of money per pin knocked over, Palmer said.

Each bowler also paid $30 to bowl, and that money also went to the organization, Palmer said.

Through the use of adult mentors, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County helps kids with self-esteem and character building. The organization offers community- and school-based programs and teachers help identify students who need help, officials with the group said.

In addition those programs, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Washington County hosts events every year for the youths it serves, Palmer said. Those events include Christmas and swimming parties, and an evening at a Hagerstown Suns game, Palmer said.

The money that is raised at Bowl for Kids’ Sake helps to pay for expenses for those events, like having them catered, Palmer said.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County serves more than 100 kids in the area and at least another 100 are on a waiting list because of a lack of mentors, Palmer said.

“We need volunteers badly. I always plug that because that’s the most important thing,” Palmer said.

Rosalind Johnson, one of the people bowling Sunday, said she has been participating in the event for 10 years.
“This is my way of helping,” Johnson said.

While bowlers were raising money in the lower level of Turner’s Dual Lanes on Dual Highway, about 40 youths the organization serves were treated to a duckpin bowling party upstairs.

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