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Strike Up Some Fun on April 11


Strike Up Some Fun on April 11

Grinnell’s Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids’ Sake event is scheduled to roll on Saturday, April 11, 2015. 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 annual bowling tournament.

Proceeds from this event benefit the local Big Brothers Big Sisters program, which currently has nearly 50 kids matched with mentors in their school-based, community-based, and e-Mentor programs. These programs pair individual children with carefully screened adults, college and high school students.

Ashley Grundler, co-chair of this year’s event with Allison Utech, indicates the group has room for 30 teams to fill its three sessions again this year. “Each year we are overwhelmed with the support of our community. This will be our 11th year to host Bowl for Kids’ Sake, and to mix it up a bit, we plan to add some fun bowling games. Each bowler receives two games of bowling – one game of regular bowling, and the second will be with playful games like bowling with your non-dominant hand or bowling blindfolded,” says Grundler. “We just want our bowlers to have fun, enjoy themselves, and know that their support is making a lasting impact on a young person’s life.”

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.

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. The cost to bowl is $50 per person, or $250 for a team of 5 bowlers.

“Every child needs positive role models besides their parents to encourage them to follow their dreams. Our annual bowling tournament is such a fun way to raise money to support Grinnell’s Big Brothers Big Sisters program,” notes Utech.

Local businesses sponsoring this year’s event at the platinum level are Claude W. Ahrens Charitable Trust, Grinnell College, and Prairie Lakes Church. Additional event sponsors include Claude W. & Dolly Ahrens Foundation, Grinnell Herald Register, Grinnell Lions Club, Grinnell Ministerial Association, Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company, HyVee, and Total Choice Shipping and Printing.

All money raised during Bowl for Kids’ Sake supports the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and activities for Grinnell-Newburg students.

Anyone interested in participating in Bowl for Kids’ 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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