Locals Support Bowl for Kids' Sake
Hailey Stoddard was one of four Wyalusing Valley Leo Club members who participated in Bowl for Kids’ Sake at Starlite Lanes in North Towanda on April 1. The event is a major fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bradford County.Danielle Clark, a member of Wyalusing Valley High School’s Leo Club, prepares to deliver the ball during the annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bradford County on April 9 at Starlite Lanes in North Towanda.
Starlite Lanes in North Towanda was abuzz with activity Sunday afternoon, all in the name of a good cause.
Despite blue skies and comfortable temperatures outside, a large group of bowlers, skilled and untested, ventured inside to participate in Bowl for Kids’ Sake, a major fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bradford County.
David Brann, president of the program’s board, was pleased with attendance for the first of two Bowl for Kids’ Sake outings this spring. Valley Bowling Center in Waverly, NY, will host the final one Saturday, April 9, from 2 to 5 p.m.
“We had a good turnout,” Brann said. “We are real thankful that people turned out like they did on a Sunday afternoon.”
As most people know by now, financial support from the state and federal governments for many charitable agencies and programs has declined since the onset of the recession, making local fundraising even more important.
“With the funding drying up in Harrisburg, we have to rely on events like these,” Brann said.
“We are doing well and meeting our expectations,” Brann said of Sunday’s event. “Hopefully, we will be as successful Saturday (in Waverly).”
For several years, before Mountainside Lanes closed, Wyalusing hosted one of the Bowl for Kids’ Sake events each year.
There was a strong Wyalusing presence among the participants, including a group from the Wyalusing Valley High School’s Leo Club.
“Four kids made the trip,” club advisor Beth Trowbridge said, explaining they raised $300 for the event.
“Some of our Leo Club members are past Little Brothers and Little Sisters,” Trowbridge explained. “They recognize that it’s a good program and want to give back to it.”
Joining Trowbridge and her husband, Brent, were Leo Club members Danielle Clark, Hailey Stoddard, Chris Walters and Casey Anderson.
Wyalusing-area resident Heidi Mader believed the fundraiser was right up her alley for a couple of reasons.
First, Mader’s family built the Wyalusing bowling facility and she grew up with the sport.
In the past year, Mader became a Big Sister in the program and she came out Sunday to bowl with her Little Sister, Olivia.
“It’s a really good program for the kids,” said Mader, who has been a Big for nine months.
When asked if she was giving her Little Sister bowling tips, Mader laughed.
“She’s a good little bowler,” explaining that Olivia competes in a youth league at Starlite Lanes and recently competed in the Pepsi Scholarship district tournament.
Brann was appreciative of the Wyalusing area’s support of the event.
“Wyalusing has always been a big part of this. The people have been generous with their time and money,” he said. “We’re glad to have them here.”
This is the 20th anniversary of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bradford County, which serves Bradford, Sullivan and Tioga Counties in Pennsylvania and Tioga County, NY.
It currently supports 58 school-based and 41 community-based matches in the four-county area.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is the largest and most effective child-mentoring program in the United States.
Its one-to-one mentoring relationships have been shown to reduce school dropouts, increase positive relationships with peers and parents, diminish the likelihood of alcohol and illegal drug use and decrease the likeliness of engaging in bullying.
To learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bradford County, call (570) 265-3009 or toll free at 1-866-344-BIGS (2447).
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