Conscious Party: Benefits of bowling

WHAT: Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2015

WHEN: Saturday, March 7, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

WHERE: Star Lanes, 491 Kenilworth Road, Asheville

WHY: Looking to let out your inner Lebowski while helping young people in WNC? Then put together a team, raise some sponsorship dollars and join Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC for its 31st year of bowling to benefit area kids. This event is the largest annual fundraiser for BBBS of WNC, providing 25 percent of the organization’s budget.

Teams are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite Saturday morning cartoon characters for the costume contest. “This adds a bit of silliness and fun to the event. We started this three years ago and people really enjoy this part of the day. It’s not just about your score,” says BBBS of WNC executive director Robin Myer. In addition to best costumes, prizes including local art and food and attraction gift certificates will be given out for top fundraisers and more.

Bowlers pledge to raise a minimum of $50. With between three and five people, each team can raise between $150 and $250. Included in the $50 donation is two games of bowling with shoes included, a T-shirt, pizza and an entry into the door prize drawing.

Because of the generosity of the event’s many sponsors, 100 percent of bowler donations will directly benefit BBBS of WNC. “Our service starts with volunteers, conducting background checks and putting volunteers into homes. The longer volunteers and children maintain a relationship, the bigger the impact is on the child,” notes Myer.

For more information or to register a team, contact BBBS of WNC at 253-1470 or robinm@bbbswnc.org. Teams interested in registering and setting up an online donation portal may also visit avl.mx/0rd. — Michael McDonald

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