Big Brothers, Big Sisters bowling event raises over $135,000

EUREKA, Ca (KIEM)-The 37th annual Bowl for Kid’s Sake organized by Big Brothers Big Sisters of the North Coast was another huge success.

It was a packed house at Harbor Lanes in Eureka on Saturday. The theme was “Bowling in the Enchanted Forest,” and bowlers dressed the part.

There were unicorns, fairytale storybook characters and whimsical animals showing off their costumes and skills to help raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the North Coast.

The organization raised $115,000 from the event and an additional $21,000 from sponsorships leading to the bowling event.

The bulk of their funding comes from local supporters.

The yearly bowling event is crucial to help keep the non-profit’s doors open, according to Big Brother Big Sisters of the North Coast director Florence Park. 

 “”The Big Bowl for Kids is one of our most important fundraisers of the year. It funds three-quarters of our agency to do the work that we do,” Park said.  “We come together we have fun. This is about the kids.”

One person can make a difference in a child’s life, Park said.

“Formal mentoring is so important, but the research shows that one hour a week for one year makes a huge difference in all of the outcome and risk factors for kids that are struggling.”

Donating time is just as important as donating dollars, said longtime volunteer Kjell Wilson.

“If you can donate just enough time to make a child feel like they are important or valued and they get to go out and do fun things,” Wilson said. “You can’t put an amount on that.”