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Big Brothers Big Sisters Host Bowling for Kids' Sake

Story posted March 15, 1999

March 23, 1999, BRUNSWICK, Maine -- This month those in the Bath/Brunswick area have a chance to enjoy bowling and help children at the same time.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bath/Brunswick host Bowl for Kid's Sake from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 27, and Sunday, March 28, at the Sea-Air Lanes at the Brunswick Naval Air Station.

Big Brothers Big Sisters allows children to spend time with an adult mentor. This is the biggest fundraising event for the organization each year. About 30 percent of the group's annual operating budget is raised through Bowling for Kid's Sake.

Anyone interested should form a team of four or five people and begin collecting pledges. There will be prizes for bowling scores and prizes for teams and individuals raising the most money. Bowlers who have $50 in pledges in hand when they bowl will receive a Bowling for Kid's Sake t-shirt; $100 will earn a sweatshirt.

Bowdoin students work with Big Brothers Big Sisters through the campus organization Bears and Cubs. Bears and Cubs serves children on the waiting list for big brothers and big sisters and the organization works closely with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bath/Brunswick.

Jessica Brannon '99 and Janine Caputo '99, this year's cochairs of Bears and Cubs, said they have enjoyed working with the children for several years. They say participating in Bears and Cubs gives them a refreshing break from their academic routine.

Members of the Bowdoin Community have supported Bowling for Kids' Sake in the past. Carol O'Donnell and Gary Flood have participated for several years and their team has earned the most money for Big Brothers Big Sisters several times as well.

O'Donnell has been committed to finding ways to help children and teenagers, she says, and Bowling For Kid's Sake provides a way to help even if you don't have the time to be a Big Sister or Big Brother.

No one should stay home based on their bowling ability. "I am a lousy bowler and I will be the first to say I am a lousy bowler,'' she says. O'Donnell says her team would welcome a challenge from another Bowdoin team.

Any Bowdoin students, faculty or staff who would like to participate in Bowling for Kids Sake should call Nat Wysor at 725-3301 for registration forms.

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