If Westchester County residents heard hoots and hollers coming from Bowlero Lane in White Plains last Tuesday, June 7th, they were pure shouts of joy as Big Brothers Big Sisters finally gained the ability to hold its first in-person, annual “Bowl for Kids’ Sake” fundraiser since the start of the COVID pandemic. The fundraiser rolled in 85 bowlers, as well as $20,000 for the non-profit organization that is committed to making positive change for children facing adversity in the counties of Westchester and Putnam, New York.
“We’re tremendously happy that we could bring back our beloved bowling event that the whole community anticipates and enjoys,” said Valerie Brown, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Westchester County, Inc. “COVID may have sidelined us for in-person gatherings during the past two years, but it failed to stop the human spirit and underlying Big Brothers Big Sisters' purpose.”
Brown notes that the $20,000 will be used for the non-profit organization’s Big Futures Program, which provides educational and career counseling to high school Littles during the school year and structured internship opportunities for rising seniors and college-age Littles during the summer.
Among the various youth, adults, families, and supporter attendees, two people in particular ruled the lanes. Big and Little Team Jeff and Trenton took the first-place position with Trenton rolling the highest score of 118 points without a single gutter ball in sight!
“We’re especially grateful to our top fundraisers and sponsors- PerenniAL, Rakow Commercial Realty Group, RPW Group, Simone Development Companies and Ebonette Bates Hudson, as well as all of our donors and participants,” adds Brown. “Their enthusiasm and generosity truly bowled us over and our event would not have been possible without them.”
If you, your friends, or your family missed the chance to support the Big Brothers Big Sisters cause and showcase your skills on the lanes, then don’t feel as if you missed that spare that would have won you the game. The next “Bowl for Kids’ Sake” fundraiser will take place on June 6th, 2023.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Westchester County, Inc.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Westchester County, Inc. is a youth mentoring organization that serves children who face adversity in New York’s Westchester and Putnam counties to help keep them in school, away from violence and substance abuse, while assisting them to achieve their full potential in life. This mission is achieved through professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships under a Big/Little model which matches adult volunteers (Bigs) with children ages 7 to 17 (Littles). Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is the oldest and largest youth mentoring program in the United States with 238 agencies in over 5,000 communities. More than 275,000 mentors volunteer their time as Bigs and over 135,000 new mentoring matches were formed last year alone. Visit www.bigswestchester.org for more information on becoming a Big, to donate and for a calendar of upcoming events.
PHOTO: The winning team at the recent Big Brothers Big Sisters of Westchester County Inc. Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraiser was Big Jeff and Little Trenton from Peekskill. The annual event attracted 85 children, adults, families and supporters to Bowlero Lanes in White Plains.
Photo Courtesy of: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Westchester County Inc.