The Realm of Toys’ Joan Douillard (from left)

The Realm of Toys’ Joan Douillard (from left)

Bowl for Kids Sake raises $37,000

By all accounts, this past weekend’s Bowl for Kids Sake fundraiser was a massive success.

By all accounts, this past weekend’s Bowl for Kids Sake fundraiser was a massive success, said Big Brothers Big Sisters executive director Melissa Newberry.

“We’re very happy,” Newberry said, noting $37,600 was raised by roughly 60 teams during the weekend. “They raised a phenomenal amount of money.”

The event requires local businesses and individuals to register a team for a time slot to bowl a series of quirky games at Cariboo Bowling Lanes. Teams also fundraise prior to bowling.

“We sort of promote it as let us plan your office party,” Newberry said of the event’s popularity. “It’s good for team building. They’re feeling good about raising money and supporting something but they can go have fun as a group. Most teams are businesses and government organizations.”

This year’s theme was Jesters and Jokers in the Court of the King, where many teams came up with unique and creative costumes.

Money raised from the event stays in Williams Lake to support local children’s programming such as in-school mentoring, community-based relationships, and programs like Go Girls and Game On.

The following are the top fundraisers and best dressed/ team winners:

• Top Team Earners: Inland Kenworth

• Top Fundraiser: First — Tana Nohr ($3,470 and wins a trip for two to the Dean on Nimpo); second — Trish Moore ($2,857 and wins a Go Pro Hero 4); third — Amanda Black ($1,275 and wins a wine cooler)

• Most Enthusiastic Team: West Fraser Princesses

• Best Dressed Team: CRD (Careful. Really. Dense.)

• Best Themed Team: Save-On-Foods (Save-On-Fools).