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Two events in one day to raise $100,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentoring Programs

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona (BBBSAZ) is inviting individuals and organizations to change lives in their spare time at its annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake community bowling fundraising event in June. There will be two Glow Bowl community bowling parties on Saturday, June 10th: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at AMF Christown Lanes; and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at AMF Tempe Village Lanes.

BBBSAZ has pumped up the volume this year and joined forces with Riviera Broadcasting, home of Power 98.3/96.1, HOT 97.5/103.9 and Oasis 95.1/94.9. Riviera’s on-air talent and staff from the three radio stations are inviting their listeners to get in on the fun and make donations to each station’s bowling team. They’ll also get bowlers moving and grooving by being DJs at the June 10th Bowl for Kids’ Sake events.


“Our Bigs, Littles, families, staff and supporters look forward to Bowl for Kids’ Sake every year,” said BBBSAZ Senior Director of Development Jessica Whitney. “It’s a fun way for anyone to show support for youth in our community by participating in this event as a bowler, team captain, or sponsor.”

Individuals can be part of the community bowling party by becoming team captains and recruiting friends and family members to bowl with them, or by joining another bowler’s team. Businesses can participate by donating prizes, being event sponsors and encouraging their employees to be team captains. Each bowler is encouraged to donate or raise a minimum of $120 and is invited to attend one of the two festive bowling parties. All bowlers will get an exclusive Glow Bowl T-shirt, and be treated to two hours of bowling, free shoe rental, pizza, and beverages. There will also be games and prizes, as well as special guest entertainers who will keep the party rolling along.

“Our goal is to raise more than $100,000 this year with every dollar raised going directly to ensure that the 300 kids waiting to be matched with mentors will be matched sooner, and those already matched will continue to receive the support and guidance of a positive adult role model, increasing their chances to grow up to be successful adults,” said Whitney.

Bowl for Kids’ Sake is Big Brothers Big Sisters’ largest national fundraiser, raising more than $20 million annually for youth mentoring programs across the country. Locally, 300 individuals participated in the Bowl for Kids’ Sake community bowling party last year, with several companies holding private events.

“The success of this event relies on community participation. We know not everyone can volunteer as a Big Brother or Big Sister to a child, yet by participating in this event, anyone can make a difference and help put a child on the path to success,” said Whitney.

To take part in this year’s event, visit or call (602) 393-4129 to register as a team captain or team member, and to start collecting pledges. Businesses wishing to participate as a sponsor or to host a private event can contact Taylor Ralston at or (602) 393-4129.



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