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Office:  319-377-8993

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS KICKS OFF BOWL FOR KIDS’ SAKE

CEDAR RAPIDS, Ia., Monday, December 05, 2011-  Big Brothers Big Sisters kicks off  Bowl For Kids’ Sake 2012 with Bowl For Kids’ Sake Week, December 5th – 9th.   Bowl For Kids’ Sake will occur January 19 – February 16, 2012 with an anticipated over 3,000 bowlers participating.  Bowl For Kids’ Sake is Big Brothers Big Sisters’ largest annual fundraising event.  This year’s goal is to raise $350,000! Local companies and organizations participate in Bowl For Kids’ Sake Week by holding pep rallies, chili cook-offs and other contests to recruit bowlers and support Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Bowlers are primarily from over 100 local companies and, in support of area youth, leaders from these companies will participate in the Bowl For Kids’ Sake Executive Bowl.  This event will be held on Wednesday, December 7th, 7:30 am at the Cedar Rapids Bowling Center, 265 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids.  The Executive Bowl is an opportunity for companies to show their support of Big Brothers Big Sisters and help raise awareness within their own companies and throughout the community. 

Participants scheduled for the Executive Bowl are:

AEGON-Diversified Investment Advisors: Tom Otskey
AEGON-Transamerica: Steve Myers, EVP
Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust: John Rodriguez
Farmers State Bank: Kim Rose
Guaranty Bank & Trust Co.: Chris Lindell
Mercy Medical Center: Tim Charles
Quaker Oats: Tom Metelman & Theo Hunt
Rockwell Collins (Ops): Wayne Flory
Rockwell Collins (RCS): Greg Churchill
RuffaloCODY: Al Ruffalo
US Bank: James Erickson
United Fire: Randy Ramlo

{Photo Caption: Chris Lindell, Guaranty Bank & Trust Co. President & COO; Executive Bowl, January 2011.   For more information, please contact Big Brothers Big Sisters at (319) 377-8993.}

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cedar Rapids and East Central Iowa, BeABigCR.org, provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.  Most children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters are in single-parent and low-income families or households where a parent is incarcerated.  As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”).  Big Brothers Big Sisters seeks to facilitate the success of children living in our community by encouraging education and school attendance through providing focus in three competency areas:  Connectedness, Attendance, Resources, Extra Curricular (C.A.R.E).  Big Brothers Big Sisters has already seen that the Character Building Project is a springboard for greater success for the children served.  The Character Building Project is an initiative of Big Brothers Big Sisters to help children grow as individuals through education and exposure to a variety of competency areas.

© 2011 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cedar Rapids & East Central Iowa, 3150 E Avenue NW, Suite 103, Cedar Rapids, IA 52405, 319-377-8993

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