By: Jessica Wilbourn | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2012
From left, (front row): Jessica Wilbourn, Big Brothers Big Sisters; Sheriff Scott Walton; Francis Dudley, Wilson Lillie Appraisal; Travis Wilson, Grand Bank; Kit Kelly, Rogers County Clerk; (back row): Amber Brassfield, Claremore Police Department; Kevin Abbott, RSU Trio; Jeri Koehler, RSU Innovation Center; Patricia Marzolf, Wilson Lillie Appraisal; Jessica Putz, Will Rogers Downs; and Daniel Marlin, RCB Bank.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma is appealing to the community to support Bowl for Kids’ Sake, the mentoring organization’s biggest annual fundraiser.
The donor-funded organization challenges everyone—mentors and mentees, their friends and families, partners, community leaders, as well as others who may not have time to mentor but support Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mission—to join Bowl for Kids’ Sake and start something to change the life of a child forever.
The nation’s leader in quality one-to-one youth mentoring services, Big Brothers Big Sisters holds itself accountable for and is able to measure specific youth outcomes. Its programs focus on educational achievement, avoidance of risky behaviors such as juvenile delinquency, higher self-esteem, confidence and the ability to relate to others. For more than 40 years, Bowl for Kids’ Sake has supported Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies across the country, becoming its premiere fundraising event and raising $20 million nationwide each year.
“Bowl for Kids’ Sake brings the whole community together in support of a positive future for our kids,” said Jessica Wilbourn, area director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rogers County. “No matter how someone chooses to be involved—bowler, team captain, sponsor, or even a virtual bowler—each person has a hand in helping to start a child on the right path. Every dollar raised through Bowl for Kids’ Sake directly funds our mentoring programs in Rogers County and helps to maintain and sustain our mentoring relationships, increasing kids’ chances for success.”
Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2012 comes as Big Brothers Big Sisters continues Start Something™, a national campaign that invites all people, not just volunteers, to get involved with the organization by donating, sharing stories of mentoring successes or volunteering. Funds raised allow Big Brothers Big Sisters to carefully make more mentoring matches and provide ongoing assistance for mentors, mentees and families to help sustain long successful relationships unique to its programs.
To join Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2012, take the first step and get started making an impact in your community, visit www.bfksclaremore.org, where you can sign up to participate or make a donation, or call the local office at (918) 283-1397. Bowling dates this year are March 26, 27 and 31.