CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. — Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region will hold its largest annual fundraiser next month as a carnival themed event offering participants a variety of ways to have fun while contributing to a good cause.

Bowl for Kids’ Sake, BBBS’ signature fundraising event will be held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 15 at Spare Time Clifton Park, 1668 Route 9, Clifton Park. 

According the statistics provided by BBBSCR a half a million people from across America come together each year in the spring to have fun and raise money to support the organization through some type of bowling activity. Fundraising events like Bowl for Kids’ Sake contribute to maintaining the organization’s efforts to change the lives of children forever.

This year BBBSCR has made it easier for families to take part in the fundraiser by eliminating the need to reserve a bowling time or go out and form a bowling team for the one day event. This year the event will feature open bowling for all three hours along with a variety of additional activities associated with the carnival theme.

Those who wish to bowl will sign up for a lane upon arrival. Unlimited bowling and bowling shoes are covered by admission. Laser tag, face painting, arcade games, pizza, and a souvenir t-shirt will be covered also. Tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for children under 12.

“We wanted to open it up to families so we went with the carnival theme,” said BBBSCR’s events and campaigns manager Elena Kyprianou. “People won’t have to form bowling teams to take part. If families want to come and bowl, that’s fine. If they want to pick what they want to do once they arrive that’s fine too. It’s a straight fundraiser.”

Kyprianou said bowling has long been part of the fabric of Big Brothers Big Sisters fundraising events for many years. Each Big Brothers Big Sisters agency chooses when and how it wants to hold their Bowling for Kids’ Sake event.

BBBSCR serves nearly 600 young people in Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer and Saratoga counties by providing them with strong, enduring, professionally-supported one-to-one mentoring relationships. These relationships help children realize their potential by inspiring their futures and ultimately strengthening their contributions to the community.

“We love hosting this event because it’s all about having fun to support a good cause,” Kyprianou said. “This year’s theme will provide more entertainment for everyone, as well as the opportunity to support our mission to defend the potential of kids across the Capital Region.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region was founded in 1964 and is one of the oldest mentoring programs in the area. Its sole mission is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.

Kyprianou said BBBSCR holds itself accountable for providing measurable outcomes for character building values such as educational success, higher aspirations, greater confidence, better relationships, and avoidance of risky behaviors.

The cost to adequately sustain a single Big-Little mentorship or match is approximately $1,200 a year according to Kyprianou. The goal for this year’s Bowl for Kids’ Sake event is $75,000.  

“That will give us funding for 65 matches,” she said. “By serving so many children each year we demonstrate that we stand with the community’s kids to let them know we believe in their potential and that we’ll work hard to defend their potential along with their right to a better life.”

For more information on the event or to purchase tickets, visit bbbscr.org.

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