Bowl for Kids' Sake event breaks fundraising record

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The results from Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl For Kids’ Sake event were announced today at the celebration luncheon held at Texas Roadhouse.

This year’s Bowl For Kids’ Sake results set an all-time record with a total of $379,103 raised by over 2,700 bowlers. This total exceeded the stretch goal of $375,000 and the previous record set in 2012 of $355,034.

Big Brother Big Sister’s Fund Development and Marketing Director, Kathy Beardsworth stated, “Building strong community partnerships is a large part of what drives our agency’s success, and this year’s Bowl For Kids’ Sake event highlights those relationships. Record-breaking results like this ensure that we can continue to provide quality one-to-one mentoring services to youth in our community. Thank you, to all who participate, donate or otherwise support Big Brothers Big Sisters. Together, we’re putting youth on a path to success!”

A total of 7 new companies participated in the event this year, raising $12,015. Volunteers (Bigs) and the youth they are matched with (Littles) raised $13,573. Besides being the biggest fundraiser of the year for Big Brother Big Sisters, Bowl for Kids’ Sake shows the profound effect that the agency has on the lives of youth in the Cedar Rapids community.

“Because I was a little, and Big Brothers Big Sisters helped me out, I love it and its fun,” said a recent program graduate.

Big Brothers Big Sisters would like to extend gratitude towards the sponsors including: Crescent-Janko Foundation, The Intermec Foundation, Cargill, Lil’ Drug Store, LimoLink, Linn County Anesthesiologists, PC, Quaker, RuffaloCODY and Schimberg Company. We would also like to thank the bowlers, donors, coordinators and everyone else for helping us put youth on a path to success through Bowl For Kids’ Sake 2013.

All money raised through Bowl For Kids’ Sake will go directly towards supporting youth in the Cedar Rapids community. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cedar Rapids and East Central Iowa,, 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 being raised 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 providing support to help children grow as individuals and by encouraging educational and extra-curricular activities. For additional information on the results of Bowl For Kids’ Sake, or how you could become involved next year contact Kathy Beardsworth via email at, or call (319) 377-8993.

Photo Caption: Big Brothers Big Sisters staff, with President & CEO Linda Henecke, reveal the record breaking results for Bowl For Kids’ Sake 2013.

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