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Posted March 6, 2012
Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2012 sets fundraising record

CEDAR RAPIDS — More than 2,500 bowlers raised a record $355,034 in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cedar Rapids and East Central Iowa’s recent Bowl For Kids’ Sake, exceeding the previous record of $350,271 set in 2008, before the flood.

The organization’s largest annual fundraising event took place Jan. 19 to Feb. 16, 2012, at Cedar Rapids Bowling Center. 

“The outpouring of financial and volunteer support from our community is positively overwhelming. We are very grateful to be surrounded by so many who recognize the needs of our youth and do all they can to make our community stronger through youth mentoring,” said Kathy Beardsworth, Fund Development & Marketing Director. “We sincerely thank everyone who contributed in any way. Our success is the community’s success.” 

Each year, Bowl for Kids’ Sake generates approximately 34 percent of the operating budget for Big Brothers Big Sisters which served 716 youths in 2011.

A total of 11 new companies participated in the event this year, raising $17,633. Volunteers (Bigs) and the youths they are matched with (Littles) raised $15,441.

When asked why she supports Big Brothers Big Sisters and Bowl for Kids’ Sake, a recent program graduate said, “Because I was a Little and Big Brothers Big Sisters helped me out, I love it and its fun.” This shows the profound effect that Big Brothers Big Sisters has on the lives of youths in our community.

Big Brothers Big Sisters extends a huge thanks to the bowlers, donors, coordinators and everyone for helping us Dream, Empower and Achieve success through Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2012. All money raised through Bowl For Kids’ Sake goes directly to supporting youth in our community.

Thanks to the following sponsors who cover the costs of the event: Cargill, Hy-Vee, Intermec, Lil’ Drug Store, Linn County Anesthesiologists, PC., Quaker, RuffaloCODY and Schimberg Co.

For information about Bowl For Kids’ Sake or Big Brothers Big Sisters contact Kathy Beardsworth at (319) 377-8993 or email  kathyb@beabigcr.org

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cedar Rapids and East Central Iowa, BeABigCR.org, provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Most children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters are in single-parent and low-income families or households where a parent is incarcerated.

As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”). Big Brothers Big Sisters seeks to facilitate the success of children living in our community by encouraging education and school attendance through providing focus in three competency areas:  Connectedness, Attendance, Resources, Extra Curricular (C.A.R.E).

Big Erin Miller and Little Jessica, matched since 2010 at Bowl For Kids' Sake 2012. For more information, please contact Big Brothers Big Sisters at (319) 377-8993.


Bowl For Kids' Sake participants from the Cedar Rapids Community School District coordinated by Coolidge Principal Greg O’Connell (back left) who also serves on the Big Brothers Big Sisters Board of Directors. For more information, please contact Big Brothers Big Sisters at (319) 377-8993.


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