Bowl for Kids 2018: A Win-Win for Everyone!
It was all hands on deck for Big Brothers Big Sisters’
pirate-themed Bowl for Kids celebration at Highland Lanes April 27th and 28th!
There were eye patches and hooks aplenty as the annual event
raised over $136,000 to help Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas match
more kids with caring adult mentors, changing their lives for the better,
More than 1,000 participants enjoyed the spirited festivities
complete with costumes, refreshments, souvenirs and prizes. A generous crew of
fundraisers-- including businesses, individuals, families, volunteers, staff
members, and Bigs and Littles, all joined in for two days of bowling fun.
“Bowl for Kids is a good time that ultimately makes a huge impact
for kids and families in our community,” said Brent Fields, CEO of BBBS of
Central Texas. “This is one of our signature events that gets children off our
waiting list and connected with mentors who can make a positive difference in
their lives. With over 400 children waiting to be matched, every contribution
Pirate flags, parrots, mermaids and other buccaneer décor
contributed to the festive mood, while a large-scale pirate ship constructed by
Rhonda Karcher-Logan of Pape-Dawson Engineers and her merry crew provided a
creative photo backdrop for capturing memorable moments.
Even the youngest of participants took part in the fun, donning
tricorn hats and wielding foam sabers as junior pirates-in-training. Everyone
came together, including many bowlers who have participated in this event for
years, to have fun and help kids.
Essential to the event’s success, Bowl for Kids’ 2018 business
sponsors included financial consulting firm RSM US LLP – the event’s Kingpin
Sponsor, computer technology company ARM, Wells Fargo bank, and Bridgepoint
Consulting, as well as our generous host, Highland Lanes. RSM, ARM, Wells Fargo
and Bridgepoint Consulting all fielded bowling teams as well, and were joined
by a variety of other teams and sponsors from Central Texas architecture,
printing, construction, gaming, healthcare, technology, legal and media
companies, among others.
“This is the first time my co-workers and I have participated in
Bowl for Kids,” said April Justice of General Motors. Her team, Jolly Roger and
the GM Gals, really got into the spirit of things by dressing up in pirate hats
and specially decorated bowling shirts.
“Wearing the group costumes helped us become more immersed in the
event. We had a great time learning more about Bowl for Kids, interacting with
other companies, and learning why they are involved with BBBS,” said April. “It
also gave us the opportunity to bond outside of work and to do it all for a
great cause. It was really the best of all worlds.”
It was especially exciting to see so many fundraisers earn ‘Very
Important Bowler’, or VIB, status by raising $1,250 or more.
“This year we had eighteen fundraising teams earn VIB status,
which was really great” said development associate, Sara Grauerholz.
By reaching, or surpassing, this fundraising level, VIBs provide
the funds needed to support a mentoring relationship between a Big and Little
for an entire year. In recognition of their exceptional fundraising efforts,
and the difference their contributions make, VIBs enjoy special perks and
Although the pirate flags have come down, the swords have been put
away, and many of our participants’ ships have set sail for other lands, BBBS’
Bowl for Kids 2018 isn’t quite finished. Team fundraising pages will remain
online to accept donations for another week or two, meaning there’s still time
to contribute to the important work of helping children achieve success in
By any measure, Bowl for Kids is a ‘win-win’ for everyone.
Special thanks to our event
sponsors: RSM US LLP, iHeartMedia, KVUE, ARM, Highland Lanes, Wells Fargo,
Bridgepoint Consulting, Austin Emergency Center, HDR, IE2 Construction, Moody
National Bank, O’Connell Robertson, Pape-Dawson Engineers, The Portley Family,
Twisted Pixel Games, The Austin Chronicle, Do512, Los Comales on 7th
Street, Mueller Living Magazine, and MyEventIsTheBomb.
See our 2018 event photos here
See our 2018 photo booth photos here