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Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Central Ohio is gearing up for the annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake Campaign.

This is the largest fundraiser of the year for the organization with a goal of raising $90,000 for 2013. Last year’s campaign grossed just under $80,000 for the agency and more than $6,000 of the total campaign amount was raised in Carroll and Harrison County.   Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Central Ohio serves Carroll and Harrison County.

The 2013 Carroll County Community Bowl is scheduled for March 22 at Atwood Lanes in Dellroy. Bowlers can choose a 6 or 8 p.m. time slot. The 2013 Harrison County Community Bowl is March 23 at Valie Lanes in Jewett at 1 p.m.  Bowlers will enjoy two free games, pizza, and soda as a celebration of the effort raising dollars for the youth mentoring organization.

All funds raised by Carroll and Harrison County supporters will support the programs and children served in their specific county. There are 62 children currently being served between the two counties with an additional 11 children waiting for a volunteer.

Getting involved with the campaign is simple and the impact is lifelong for the children served.

 “We are able to spread awareness for our mentoring programs through this event by sharing our impressive outcomes with the community. We hope that the community will get involved in Bowl for Kids Sake and support the great work we do for families and children,” states Beverly Pearch, event coordinator.

Big Brothers Big Sisters officials note impressive outcomes are not an understatement.

Proof that the program works is in the numbers.  Little Brothers and Little Sisters who meet regularly with their Bigs are:

46% less likely to start using drugs

27% less likely to start drinking

52% less likely to skip a day of school

37% less likely to skip a class; and earn higher grades and feel better about how they are doing in school.

33% less likely to hit someone; and are more trusting of their parents or guardians.  They are less likely to lie to them, and feel more supported and less criticized by their peers and friends.

“For many of our “littles” we are impacting the areas of their lives that change their future.  We are breaking the cycle of addiction, poverty and low education,” shared Heather Campbell, president and CEO.  “We are giving children the strength to make good choices and to see their future in a more positive light,”

Anyone interested in putting a team together for the Carroll County Bowl or the Harrison County event, contact Beverly Pearch at 888-364-5965.

For every $100 raised in pledges, bowlers will receive a prize ticket for a drawing of their choice as well as a Bowl for Kids’ Sake t-shirt.  Bowlers will have opportunities to answer trivia questions during the bowling events for chances at additional prize tickets. All prize winners are drawn April 27 at the conclusion of the campaign. Prize drawings include: a Cleveland Browns football autographed by Colt McCoy, an autographed picture of Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers, $120 and $90 Texas Roadhouse Gift Cards, a $250 Sugar Valley Meats Certificate, a one night stay in a Jacuzzi suite at the Country Inn, four Cleveland Indians tickets to a home game of choice in the 2013 season, a one night stay in a Desert Room at the Kalahari Resorts in Sandusky (includes 4 admission tickets to waterpark), a Scentsy and Thirty-one gift set, two Pittsburg Pirates tickets to a home game of choice in the 2013 season, and two tickets to Trumpet In the Land or White Savage during the 2013 season.

The top pledge collector will receive two airline tickets to anywhere in the continental USA courtesy of AAA World-Wide Travel in New Philadelphia.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters or signing up your child, please contact Carron Ickes at 330-339-6916 or toll free at 1-888-364-5965.


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