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Bowl for Kid’s Sake Rolls on April 12

Grinnell’s Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kid’s Sake 10th annual event is schooled to roll on Saturday, April 12, 2014. Bowling sessions begin at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 4 p.m. at the Bowladrome located at 915 State Street in Grinnell. Bowlers and bowling teams are now being solicited to participate in the 10th anniversary celebration.

Proceeds from this event benefit the local Big Brothers Big Sisters program, which currently has nearly 40 kids matched with mentors in their school based and community based programs. These programs pair individual children with carefully screened adults and college students. New this year is the e-Mentor program which matches 6th graders with high school students. The high school students are able to offer support to the middle schoolers through email.

Amy Miller, co-chair of this year’s event with Ashley Grundler, indicates the group has room for 30 teams to fill its three sessions again this year. “We truly appreciate the support we receive each year from local businesses, organizations, and individuals. This fun, prize filled event allows Big Brothers Big Sisters to support the students in our community. Given this is our 10th anniversary, we hope this year’s event will be prove to be just as successful as years past,” says Miller.

Teams comprised of individuals from local businesses, service organizations, churches, and friends of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program compete for awards and prizes including high scoring for teams and individuals, and various skill-based and luck-based contests. “All of the money that we raise during this event goes directly toward programs and activities for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Grinnell-Newburg students,” notes Grundler.

Bowlers may register individually or as teams of four or five members. Each bowler receives two games of bowling, shoe rental, lunch prepared by Scott Gruhn of the Mayflower Community, prizes, and an event t-shirt.

Local businesses sponsoring this year’s event at the platinum level are Grinnell College and Second Mile. Additional event sponsors are Claude & Dolly Ahrens Foundation, Grinnell Herald Register, Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company, and Hy-Vee.

Every child needs positive role models besides their parents to encourage and foster their self-confidence and dreams for the future. The Big Brothers Big Sisters program matches adults in the community to children in our school system.

Anyone interested in participating in Bowl for Kid’s Sake or learning more about the Big Brothers Big Sisters program should contact Francesca Cunningham at or at 641-990-0567.

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