'Bowl for Kids' Sake' raises $18 thousand

Apr 02, 2014
Photo by: Donated BOWL FOR KIDS — Jack Suddath, “Bowl For Kids’ Sake” chair, presents  the trophy to Captain Brian Beck of the Waynesville Police Department.

At the Big Brothers Big Sisters “Bowl For Kids’ Sake” fundraiser on March 8, the Waynesville Police Department was the winner in the competition between the city and county agencies. Captain Brian Beck, along with Officer Eric Dickey and Officer Jason Reynolds, led the team. They beat out stiff competition from the Waynesville Fire Department and the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office. Both agencies have vowed to avenge their loss at the 2015 “Bowl For Kids’ Sake.”

“Bowl For Kids’ Sake” raised over $18,000, with expenses of only $1,448 — less than 8 percent.  This level of efficiency allows the maximum amount of the funds raised to be utilized to provide the positive benefits of a mentor for the children in the program.  All of the proceeds benefit the Haywood County Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

Big Brothers Big Sisters get results. Researchers have found that after 18 months of spending time with their “Bigs,” the Little Brothers and Little Sisters, compared to children not in the program, were 52 percent less likely to skip school, 46 percent less likely to use illegal drugs and 27 percent less likely to begin using alcohol.

In Haywood County, there are currently there both Little Brothers and Little Sisters on the waiting list for their Bigs. Volunteer and little time and become a mentor; it could change a child’s life.

For information on becoming a mentor, donor or advisory council member, visit www.bbbswnc.org or call Kip Rollins at 276-6879.