More than 2,000 individuals from Genesee County and the surrounding area are expected to use their spare time to strike out for kids at the 39th annual Gary Haggart Bowl for Kids’ Sake Feb. 22 through Feb. 25
They’ll meet at Galaxy Lanes in Grand Blanc to bowl and raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flint and Genesee County, which has served the area since 1944. The few hours they’ll spend at the bowling alley can change the life of a child.
The organization’s mission is to create one-to-one relationships between an adult mentor and a child to help that young person succeed. The local chapter is part of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, a nationwide organization comprised of 300 agencies total. Bowl for Kids’ Sake is its signature fundraiser. Each year half a million people across the country come together and bowl to raise money for the organization.
“Bowl for Kids’ Sake is the perfect way for individuals to make an impact on our community,” the organization says on its website. “It only takes a little bit of effort to raise the money that is vital to our program’s success.”
One hundred percent of the monies raised for Bowl for Kids’ Sake stays in the community to help better the lives of the kids the local chapter serves.
Here’s how it works: You create a team of four bowlers. The team sets a fundraising goal and then asks friends, family, co-workers and others to sponsor them.
Corporate and philanthropic sponsors are also needed. Sponsorships run from the $5,000 Platinum Level down to the $500 Lane Level. Please click here for more information. Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy is the title sponsor of this year’s Gary Haggart Bowl For Kids’ Sake fundraiser.
“There’s no greater title in life than that of a mentor,” says Adrian Walker, Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy senior manager of government affairs and corporate relations.
Money raised by corporate sponsors and pledges collected by participants provides Big Brothers Big Sisters with a significant portion of its revenue to support services and programs.
You can also donate to a bowler online by clicking here.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Flint and Genesee County hopes to raise $175,000 from this year’s Bowl for Kids’ Sake.
“Big Brothers Big Sisters relies on the philanthropic support of our community to fulfill our mission. Our Bowl for Kids’ Sake helps us to reach thousands of individuals and corporations to sponsor, form a team, pledge and volunteer on behalf of kids who need us the most,” says Reta Stanley, president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flint and Genesee County. “This event raises a significant portion of our annual budget and the generosity of our community is witnessed year after year. As we approach our kick-off reception this Thursday, we look forward to the Flint and Genesee County community’s overwhelming participation at our 39th event.”
The Bigs (adult mentors) and the Littles (kids) have fun together and create strong, positive memories that last a lifetime. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flint Genesee County call it “Little moments … Big magic.”
The impact is great. According to the organization, research shows kids involved in the program are:
- 52 percent less likely to skip school
- 46 percent less likely to begin using illegal drugs
- More likely to get along with their families and peers
Call 810-235-0617 or visit bbbsflint.org/bowl for more information on the day’s events.