Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Williams Lake are celebrating a record sum of $47,000 raised at Bowl For Kids’ Sake this weekend.
“It’s wonderful. We would love to thank the community of Williams Lake for their wonderful support in the way of bowling pledges and prizes,” said BBBSWL executive assistant Susan Erlandson.
Erlandson would like to thank this year’s sponsors for the event including Tolko Industries, the Punky Lake Wilderness Camp Society, the Rotary Club of Williams Lake, Doctor Allan Dickens and Taseko-Gibraltar Mines.
Erlandson said the funds will go directly towards supporting Big Brothers and Big Sisters’ current programming and other operational fees.
Every year, Big Brothers and Big Sisters organize Bowl For Kids’ Sake, a bowling tournament-fundraiser where participants bowl for the highest score and compete to raise the most money for the organization.
This year the theme was Love, Peace and Rock’n’roll which was embraced wholeheartedly by close to 420 bowlers spread out across 70 teams. From Thursday to Saturday Cariboo Bowling Lanes was filled with colourful, whacky and infectious energy as teams bowled for hours on end.
Big Brothers and Big Sisters could not be happier by the turnout and well of community support, Erlandson said. As the organization runs purely on community funding and grants, this type of overwhelming support is greatly appreciated, she added.
This year the award for biggest donation went to Kaylyn Chevigny of Williams Lake Smiles who raised $1,625 for the fundraiser. The competition was fierce, however, as second place went to Carrie Davis of the Cariboo Regional District, who raised $1,610.
The other top fundraisers were Wayne Erlandson, from Premium Truck and Trailer, with $1,600, Mirah Keep of Barton Insurance with $1,553 and Debbie Ashwanden with $1,275 for Johnston Meier Insurance.
The children at the event were not to be outdone, however, as little Mason Brown-John, at just six years old, raised an impressive $1,415.55 for his team Mason’s Dragons. Two of his teammates, four-year-old Drielle Laking and five-year-old Austin Rolston also raised $910 and $420, respectively.
Erlandson also wanted to give a shout out to Panago Pizza for donating over 70 large pizzas for the teams and the organizers throughout the tournament.