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BBBS on its way to goal with wrap of annual event

By Kelly Cantrall

The last weekend of Bowl for Kids’ Sake has passed, but there still are a few pins left standing in the efforts of Big Brothers Big Sisters to reach its goal.

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The Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraiser for the organization finished this weekend, and Kevin Clark, community engagement branch manager for the local BBBS, said the bowling event has put the organization well on its way to reaching its goal.

The two weekends of bowling brought the organization about $35,000, Clark said. The fundraiser had to contract for two weekends instead of its usual three because of timing with other events. To make up for losing the weekend, Clark has planned a bowling event at Fort Knox as well as some specialty bowls for specific companies. With those upcoming events, the organization should reach its goal of $69,000, he said.

This will be the first time Fort Knox has hosted a Bowl for Kids’ Sake event, Clark said.

About 110 teams participated this year, which is an increase from last year, he said. Clark said people attend because it’s fun and they understand its purpose.

“It’s just a huge cause that everybody gets behind,” he said.

A team from Allegro Senior Living bowled Saturday afternoon. Allegro Community Director Steve Sanford said they wanted to help because of what BBBS does for local youth.

“It’s a great program and it really gives back to the community,” Sanford said.

An average match of a volunteer to a child for BBBS costs about $1,200, Clark said. That cost represents what is necessary to set up the match and to maintain it for a year. Determining if a volunteer is suitable to be a Big is thorough and expensive.

“That just keeps going up,” Clark said of the costs of items such as background checks.

Now that the main Bowl for Kids’ Sake event is complete, BBBS will begin to focus on recruitment of volunteers and other fundraising events.

Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenterprise.com.