Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraiser event scheduled for Saturday

Organizers hope to raise $110,000 this weekend during the 2017 Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraiser to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bartholomew and Brown counties.

The Saturday event at the Columbus Bowling Center will help raise money for the program, which matches at-risk children with positive mentors. It begins at 9 a.m. and has five open time slots throughout the day.

The fundraiser in 2016 brought in $100,000 and drew 78 teams of bowlers plus online donors.

Cost to enter a team of five bowlers is $400, or $80 per bowler, with registration taking place on the Foundation for Youth’s website, said Karina Willats, resource development director with Foundation for Youth. Registration will be accepted up until the day of the event with all participants receiving a Bowl for Kids’ Sake T-shirt.

Individuals not able to attend the event can sign up as a virtual bowler.

The local organization has about 40 children seeking a Big Brother or Big Sister. It pairs youths with adults through community or school-based matches, Willats said.

Willats added that Bowl for Kids’ Sake is also a good way to bring employees together for a good cause. Team incentive prizes will be given away each hour while several prize bundles are also up for grabs.

“We feel like it’s a nice way to give back to the people who are raising money for our kids,” Willats said.

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For information on Saturday’s Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraiser or to register, visit

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Matt Kent is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at 812-379-5712 or