An event coming up in March will not only raise money to support Cochrane youth but also allow you to unleash your inner rockstar.
The 6th annual bowling fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) is coming back to Cochrane Lanes on March 17th and will once again see participants try to strike out their competition.
Last year's 'FUN'drsaiser brought in over $15,000, and David Case the Communications and Marketing Specialist for BBBS, says they hope to hit that same target or surpass it this year with all monies raised remaining local. "Every dollar raised in Cochrane stays in Cochrane to support their programs. If the community is going to rally behind the event it is important they know their dollars are going to be put back into the community, and that is something we are pretty proud of. That is how the programs fund themselves and this is the only Cochrane specific event that we do."
Currently, Cochrane has 72 matches in the community, with 39 of those being provided by teen mentors. "These are young people in the community who have taken it upon themselves to want to do something good and are mentoring younger students at the school."
The Cochrane chapter does have eight 'littles' on a waitlist, shares Case, and the make up of the waiting list is something they see often. "Each one of those kids is a boy, so we have a real need for male mentors in Cochrane and that is quite common."
There are three-time slots for bowling available and Case says all-in-all everyone has a great time. "The most spirited contest in Cochrane is by far the most highly contested out of all the Bowl for Kids Sake events that we do. I just love the spirit and it is never lacking in the Cochrane community or at the event. We have people that not only get into the theme but they go the extra mile. From our perspective, bowling is pretty much a universal good time and if you can get out and bowl for a good cause, what is better than that?!"
Besides bowling, there will be giveaways, food and drinks provided, and a chance to win some amazing prizes. Giving thanks to the Cochrane business community for their amazing support, Case, also gave praise to two local volunteers who year after year gives their gift of time to support the annual fundraiser. "They are essentially the Bowl for Kids Sake, Cochrane committee; Sandra Iverson and Julia Grohn are absolutely phenomenal and without them, the event would not happen. For the past couple of years, they have volunteered their time to help organize the event and engage with teams and new sponsors."
Close to one hundred bowlers attended Bowl For Kids Sake last year and Case says if the demand is there they would love to grow the event even more. "We are looking to meet the same goals and if possible exceed them. There are three different time slots that start in the afternoon, 3 to 5, 5 to 7, and 7 to 9 and teams are up to four friends, family members, or co-workers."
If you are interested in sponsoring the event or showing off your best bowling stance you can do so by going HERE.