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posted: 2/21/2013 5:48 AM

Bowl for Kids' Sake aids Big Brothers Big Sisters of McHenry County

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Submitted by Big Brothers Big Sisters of McHenry County

Big Brothers Big Sisters of McHenry County is inviting the community to support Bowl for Kids' Sake, the mentoring organization's largest annual fundraiser. The event raises more than $20 million nationally.

The goal for this year's local event is to exceed $100,000 and have more than 750 bowlers. Funds raised allow them to carefully make more mentoring matches and provide ongoing assistance for mentors, mentees and families to help sustain long successful relationships. Each match costs the agency between $750-$1,000 annually, so this event will support about 20 percent of the almost 600 matches in McHenry County. Additionally, funds allow for more outreach for recruitment for "Bigs" and "Littles."

Bowl for Kids' Sake 2013 will be held at Crystal Bowl, 4504 E. Terra Cotta Ave., Crystal Lake. Owners Cheryl and Jack Meyer have been long time supporters of the community and Big Brothers Big Sisters. In addition to a location change, there are several new additions to Bowl for Kids' Sake.

Two 9 a.m. sessions have been added for a "Bowling Brunch" where breakfast items will be served. Two Thursday night sessions have been added for Ladies Nights.

Additionally, any bowler who raises more than $150 will receive a long-sleeved T-shirt. The $K Club is also a new level where anyone who raises more than $1,000 will receive a monogrammed bowling shirt and the invitation for them and a guest to a VIP reception.

Bowl for Kids' Sake times are as follows:

Community/open bowling:

• Sunday, Feb. 24: 9-11 a.m., 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 1-3 p.m., 3-5 p.m.

• Thursday, Feb. 28: Ladies Night, 7-9 p.m.

• Saturday, March 2: 9-11 a.m., 1-3 p.m., 5-7 p.m.

• Sunday, March 3: 9-11 a.m., 3-5 p.m.

• Thursday, March 7: Ladies Night, 7-9 p.m.

There are also separate times for the schools and teachers of McHenry County to participate. Prairie Ridge has committed to filling an entire time slot with 80-120 bowlers on March 5. They welcome teachers, administrators and students to join at any of the times above or below.

Bowl For Teachers' Sake:

• Thursday, Feb. 21: 7-9 p.m.

• Monday, Feb. 25: 4-6 p.m.

• Tuesday, Feb. 26: 4:30-6:30 p.m.

• Friday, March 1: 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Visit or call (815) 385-3855, where you can request more information, sign up to participate or make a donation. By pledging to raise a minimum of $75, you can fund a new mentoring opportunity for one child in your community, starting him/her on a path to a brighter future. All bowlers receive 2 hours of bowling, bowling shoes for the 2 hours, pizza, beverages and eligibility for prizes and giveaways.