Saturday March 30, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- Families, friends and teams from work are invited to celebrate the 32nd Annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake to benefit Youth Services’ Big Brothers Big Sisters program on Saturday, April 6. The fundraising event will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with teams signing up for a one-hour time slot at Brattleboro Bowl on Putney Road.

The 4 to 5 p.m. time is reserved for teams of teens and will have a special "Cosmic Bowling" atmosphere. The financial goal of the event is to raise $50,000 in pledge money to help cover the cost of running the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

Brattleboro Subaru is again the top sponsor this year with People’s United Bank and the Windham Southwest Teachers’ Association continuing as lead sponsors. Bowl For Kids’ Sake is the primary fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters, a Youth Services’ program that matches youth in Windham County in need of a one-to-one relationships with caring adult mentors.

National research demonstrates that "mentoring" -- pairing a caring adult volunteer with a young person for a mutually rewarding friendship -- is an effective method of addressing all sorts of youth-related issues, from combating drug and alcohol use and violence to getting along better with their families and peers.

Nearly 200 children in Windham County and nearby New Hampshire benefit from the program each year and are matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister. Eighty youngsters, from all towns in the county, are eagerly waiting to be matched with an adult mentor.


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Many area businesses help contribute to reaching the $50,000 goal by supporting the fundraiser. To date, sponsoring at the Corporate Sustainer level are the financial institutions of Brattleboro Savings & Loan and River Valley Credit Union.

The following businesses are sponsoring the event at the Corporate Patron level: Ammirato Allstate Agency; Barrows & Fisher Oil Co.; Friends of the Sun; Greater Falls Pharmacy; Hotel Pharmacy; Members 1st Credit Union; Marlboro Graduate Center; New Chapter; The New England House; MVP Healthcare; Palmiter Realty; Swiss Precision; Union Institute and University; Vermont Country Deli; Vermont Vinyl; Wireless Zone/Verizon; and Windham Regional Career Center.

Corporate Associate sponsors are A.L. Tyler & Sons, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vt., David Manning, Inc., Durand Toyota Ford, Golub Foundation of Price Chopper, the Marina Restaurant and World Learning.

For pledge sheets and to reserve a lane, or for more information about becoming involved, call Youth Services at 802-257-0361. New this year is an opportunity called Team Builder, in which businesses or organizations can send three of their staff to bowl for an hour and support a great cause. To learn more or to sponsor favorite bowlers with an online donation, visit www.youthservicesinc.org/bowling.