Angie Mindus photo Trinity Sure and John Jackson brought their son, Williams Lake’s New Year’s baby Wyatt William Jackson, to the Bowl for Kids Sake event Saturday.

Cowboys and outlaws ride into bowling alley for weekend

Annual Bowl for Kids Sake starts strong

Williams Laker’s pulled up their boots and strapped on their saddles and headed out onto the range to raise more than $40,500 in the Bowl for Kids Sake over the weekend.

The money, which stays local and goes towards children’s programming done by the Big Brothers Big Sisters, was donated April 6 and 7, all while a cast of characters donned their best Wild Wild West-themed outfits and headed to the Cariboo Bowling Lanes.

Melissa Newberry, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters Williams Lake, tipped her hat to all who donated.

“It’s been awesome, lots of enthusiasm, the costumes are great and we’ve been well supported,” said Newberry.

“People love to bowl, and we love to hear about the donors and we appreciate all the generous donations Williams Lake has to offer.”

A number of top fundraisers are acknowledged by the organization:

The highest fundraiser was Sydney Freeman, from Inland, who raised $1,560 for the organization, and in return won two Pacific Coastal return tickets to Vancouver.

Karmen Smith of Hub International came a close second, raising $1,125 for the organization, and earning a stay for two at the Retreat Wilderness Inn.

Third saw Wayne Erlandson from Premium Trucks and Trailers raise $940 and win a pressure washer donated by Inland.

Eight individuals, who each raised over $400 were also awarded prizes: Sandy Rankin (Surplus Herbys); Kristie Blackall (Finning Tractor); Tamara Dike and Debbie Aschwanden (Johnston Meier); Samantha Glaves (Court Registry); Mel Roy (Investors Group); Sheila Finnie (CDC); and Savannah Dickey (Vanderburgh and Company).

Additionally, Linda Rouley of Community Living won a beautiful western painting, donated by Pat Taylor as a door prize, and the Challenge Winner of $500 in advertising was awarded to Vanderburgh and Company.


Angie Mindus photo The Safeway Gang, consisting of Marvelous Marnie (Millership) from left, Rowdy Rick (Strang), Ho Down Hatty (Thompson) and Shotgun Steve (Fremmerlid), take part in the Bowl for Kids Sake in Williams Lake Saturday helping raise funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Williams Lake.

The Commoders, representing Interior Health, had sparkling pink hats and mustaches to match for the wild wild west-themed Bowl for Kids Sake on Friday evening.

Emily Epp pauses as her team, the Cheatin’ Ruthless Deputies (the Cariboo Regional District’s team) cheers her on. The CRD’s team won “Most Enthusiastic” for their time slot, Friday night. Tara Sprickerhoff photo

Tara Sprickerhoff photo Big Brothers Big Sisters staff and volunteers Lorna Mullets (bottom left), Susan Erlandson, Melissa Newberry and Leanne Schliemann counted money and kept track of winners and donations during the 6 p.m. timeslot at the annual Bowl for Kids sake on April 6.

Cordell Wiebe looked dashing in his costume as he MCed the first slot of bowlers Friday night.

Derrick Goertz, one of the Save-on-Foods Sharp Shooters lights up as the cosmic bowling got started Friday night,

Penny Gentles’ costume, also on the Save-on-Foods Sharp Shooters, was one of many such impressive costumes to be found at the Cariboo Bowling Lanes Friday.

Tara Sprickerhoff photo The Save-on-Foods Sharp Shooters won best theme for their inspired, light-up Wild Wild West costumes for the 6 p.m. time slot on Friday at Big Brothers Big Sisters annual Bowl for Kids Sake. This year’s event raised more than $40,000 for the organization, which will go towards running its programs in the community.

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