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Bowlers raise money for kids

Little Kids, Big Money: Riley and Lucy Dierker, and Melanie and Elana Glatter of the Eastside Rollers raised a combined total of $991.50 by emailing friends and relatives asking for support. It was that easy.

Little Kids, Big Money: Riley and Lucy Dierker, and Melanie and Elana Glatter of the Eastside Rollers raised a combined total of $991.50 by emailing friends and relatives asking for support. It was that easy. Contributor

Big bowlers, little bowlers and bowlers in between made a difference March 9 at Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2013.

More than 300 bowlers and spectators celebrated in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge (BBBSCG). Teams from The Dalles, Hood River, White Salmon and around the region collected donations from family, friends and coworkers in support of Big Brother Big Sister’s mentoring programs. They celebrated their efforts with a bowling party complete with cake, pizza and prizes! In all, the event grossed more than $40,000, almost half of the program’s annual budget.

“Bowl for Kids’ Sake emphasizes the fun in fundraising and raises awareness for Big Brothers Big Sisters,” said Joella Dethman, Hood River County Commission on Children and Families (HRCCCF) Director.

Dozens of businesses, agencies and individuals participated in the annual event as sponsors and bowling teams. New teams participating in this year’s event included Northwest Graphicworks, Hood River Fire and EMS, Gorge Roller Girls and Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue. Returning teams such as The Dalles Kiwanis, Beneventi’s Pizza, Hood River County Commission on Children and Families (HRCCCF) and the United Way’s Hood River Council have participated for years.

The team from Beneventi’s Pizza took top fundraising honors with a total contribution of $7,000, followed by Hood River Construction’s team, captained by Tim Sweeney, which raised $4540. Sweeney, owner of Hood River Construction, was the top individual fundraiser with $3515 by collecting donations from local contractors and suppliers.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge currently serves 76 children in Hood River, Wasco and Klickitat Counties matched with caring, screened and trained volunteer mentors. To find out more about Big Brothers Big Sisters, contact Kristin Reese at 541.436.0305, or go to www.nextdoorinc.org.

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