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Bowl for Kids’ Sake on March 20

Area bowling enthusiasts are eagerly signing up to Bowl For Kids’ Sake in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters on Saturday, March 20, beginning at 9 a.m. at Rolling Thunder Lanes in Ignacio. This annual fund-raising event is a community favorite, offering friends, family members, businesses, churches, athletic groups and others the opportunity to put on their bowling shoes in support of the local Big Brothers Big Sisters agency.

Sky Ute Resort’s Rolling Thunder Lanes in Ignacio will be the venue for this day of fun and prizes celebrating Big Brothers Big Sisters, a mentoring program for children in our community. Each team, consisting of four bowlers, will collect $320 per team ($80 per bowler), bring their donations to Rolling Thunder Lanes at an assigned time, and put on their bowling shoes for an hour of free bowling and lots of laughter. Special prizes and drawings will be offered throughout the day for participants.

“There is an enthusiastic group of teams that have already signed up for this event,” says Terri House, board president of Big Brothers Big Sisters. “It is our goal to fill our lanes with groups of supporters throughout the day.”

One bowling team consists of four area ministers, Fr. Doug Neel, rector of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, Fr. Carlos Alvarez, priest of Pope John Paul, II and Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic churches, Pastor Don Ford, from Community United Methodist Church, and Pastor Bruce Stephens, worship pastor at Centerpoint Church. These four ministers who call themselves the “Holy Bowlers,” are challenging their friends and congregation members to support their team through donations, or put together teams of their own to help Big Brothers Big Sisters. “We are serious in our support and serious about having fun,” says Fr. Doug Neel. “We hope that lots of folks will volunteer to be a part of this event to assist this valuable organization in our community,” he continued.

Big Brothers Big Sisters in Archuleta County currently sponsors 27 Bigs and Littles (mentors and children). Each child and mentor gets together once a week to enjoy fun activities and build their special relationship. Thanks to the guidance and friendship from their mentors, these children grow in self-confidence, social awareness, and school performance, learning to make good choices in life that help them to reach their goals.

Each match is carefully monitored by the community coordinator, who regularly checks in with the Big and Little to make sure things are running smoothly. Administrative costs average about $1,000 per match to maintain each year. All money collected for Archuleta County’s Bowl For Kids’ Sake fund-raising event supports our local agency.

There are a number of ways to support this important fund-raising effort. Those who are not able to bowl are invited to help sponsor a team of Bigs and Littles ($80 sponsorship) so that they can participate and bowl for free. Supporters can also donate in person to bowlers who will be seeking support for the event or go online to?http://pagosakids.kintera.org/ to make a credit card donation.

Of course, you can also send your check to Big Brothers Big Sisters, PO Box 2488, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. Please mark your check memo as BFKS donation. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Major sponsors for this year’s event include The Springs Resort, Jack and Catherine Threet, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, and Scott Strategic Investments, LLC.