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Big Brothers Big Sisters considers fundraiser successful — again

By Marty Finley

Totals have not been tallied yet for the annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraiser, but Emily Saul Reder doesn’t need to see numbers to detect results.

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“We’re having a successful year,” Reder, branch development director for Big Brothers Big Sisters, said Sunday as the bowling showcase’s final weekend of activity wound down.

Reder estimated about 2,000 bowlers took part over the three weekends, with 100 or more typically filing into individual sessions at Dix-E-Town Lanes bowling alley in northern Elizabethtown.

During the first weekend, Cardinal Health booked several consecutive sessions and Reder said more than 200 participants bowled per session for the Radcliff-based company.

Todd Reese, president of the Fort Knox Chapter of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, bowled two strikes in the first half hour of Sunday’s 3 p.m. session and won candy for his achievements.

Joined by more than a half dozen of the club’s members, Reese exuded confidence but admitted he does not have a golden touch in the lanes.

“I’m not a bowler at all,” he said with a hearty laugh.

Reese said the club tries to participate in local events and found Bowl for Kids’ Sake a great way to give back to children in the community.

The group raised more than $600 in sponsor money.

When the idea was pitched to the club in its meeting, he said the response was, “Yeah, let’s get out and bowl for the kids.”

“And it’s pretty fun, too,” he added.

Nancy Jones, a head teller at Fort Knox Federal Credit Union, said the credit union has been participating in Bowl for Kids’ Sake for years, and it’s her third year.

She said the company tries to put its motto, “people helping people,” into action by giving to as many community events as possible.

“They support us, so we like to support them,” she said.

Credit union employees bowled during all three weekends, Jones added.

Jo Million, club adviser for Family Career and Community Leaders of America at John Hardin High School, said the group raised a little more than $200 this year and had five bowlers on the lanes Sunday.

Million said the club has participated for five years and is lured back by the camaraderie the students develop through the games.

“The kids have fun when they come out here,” Million said. “It’s just a good way to socialize and do something good.”

Reder said Big Brothers Big Sisters collects money through sponsor donations, pledges, food and drink sales, and staff donations.

The organization hopes to meet or exceed last year’s total of $78,000.

While the weekend sessions are finished, Reder said BBBS plans to continue the event with a few random weeknight sessions.

Next year, organizers  plan to tout the theme more, Reder said. A retro theme was adopted during this year’s event and bowlers were encouraged to dress in tribute to their favorite decade.

But Reder said they did not have the participation they expected because many bowlers did not know about the theme.“We want to get people dressed up,” she said.

Marty Finley can be reached at (270) 505-1762 or mfinley@thenewsenterprise.com.