Once the pins were knocked down and the cheers had settled it became clear that this year’s Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) Bowl for Kids event had surpassed its fundraising goal.
While the money is still coming in, Annette Peck, BBBS program director, says the fundraiser — which took place March 2 — pulled in more than $15,000.
BBBS has been in Rimbey for the two and a half years, and this is the third annual bowling event; the organization launched itself in town with one.
Each year the goal was set at $10,000 and last year, when $14,000 was raised Peck says it was clear they could aim higher. “We’ve never had a goal of $15,000 . . . Not all the money’s in but we’ve done better than ever.”
“I think people forget how much they enjoy bowling until there’s something like this to remind them,” she added.
Peck was delighted with the 24.5 teams that participated, as well as with the kindness of sponsors and Striker’s Alley. “I think it’s fantastic. I can’t believe how generous people are.”
Annually, the response from the community for the event has been high and the programs within the BBBS and Boys and Girls Club partnership continue to grow.
“We’ve been expanding into the Boys and Girls Club,” said Peck referring to after school programs for elementary students and teens.
“We’re just trying to do as much for kids in Rimbey as we possibly can,” she added.