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Big Brothers Big Sisters looking for bowlers for March fundraiser

Published: Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 12:42 p.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 10:09 p.m. CDT

Big Brothers Big Sisters of McHenry County is looking for participants for its annual Bowl For Kids' Sake event beginning next month.

Bowl For Kids' Sake, the organizations signature fundraising event, begins March 6 and continues through March 29. Bowlers can register as an individual or as a team at www.bbbsmchenry.org/bowl or by calling the office at 815-385-3855.

Teams consist of four to six bowlers, and each participant is asked to raise at least $75. The money will go toward two hours of bowling, shoe rental, pizza, non-alcoholic beverages, and a T-shirt.

The money also goes toward funding the organization's Big and Little relationships, which pair children, often from single-parent homes, with mentors.

It costs roughly $1,000 to fund a Big and Little for a year, according to Sara Hammuck, director of fund development for Big Brothers Big Sisters of McHenry County.

"It's a great event for the community," Hammuck said. "We're asking people in the community to support us because it is one of our biggest events of the year."

Last year about 900 people took part in the fundraiser, which, along with other sponsors, raised roughly $120,000, Hammuck said.

"We would love to exceed 900 bowers this year," she said.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters of McHenry County matched 576 kids with mentors last year. The organization's goal is to serve 1,000 kids annually, Hammuck said.

Bowling dates are as follows:

•Thursday, March 6•Saturday, March 8•Sunday, March 9•Thursday March 13•Saturday, March 15•Sunday, March 16•Saturday, March 29

Bowling takes place at Crystal Bowl in Crystal Lake.

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