Artists Make Pins You Won't Knock Down

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Big Brothers Big Sisters has something new in the alley for the Fifth Annual Bowl for Kids' Sake fund-raiser on Sunday, Aug. 13.

This year, local artists painted bowling pins for the silent auction.

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These bowling pins were painted by local artists as part of the annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids' Sake fund-raiser. The pins are among the 15 to 20 on display at the Payson Public Library until the day of the event.

Rim Country Lanes donated used pins to the cause, then Payson Art League artists recreated them as works of art, said Amy Hill, this year's committee chairperson for the event. "I don't know how many of the artists had ‘painted bowling pins' in their resumes, but it is amazing to see the difference from plain to painted."

One of the artists, Chris Knollhuff, said he had painted many commissions for clients, from murals on motorcycles to still portraits but never a bowling pin.

The Rim Country was his inspiration for a Southwestern design pin.

"I hope Big Brothers Big Sisters makes some money with it," he said.

Harry Jones re-created his pin by adding a head and feet before painting it.

"I just decided (the pin) needed some sprucing up," he said.

Neither Jones nor Knollhuff bowl, so painting the pins is their way of contributing to a "good cause."

Through BBBS the community is able to "embrace youth in the area that might be headed in the wrong direction," Hill said.

Currently, there are 20 "littles" matched with "bigs" in the Rim Country.

"Littles" are children from single-parent families who are matched with adult mentors called "bigs."

A big is responsible to take the little on two to four outings a month, giving the child time and attention.

Bowl for Kids' Sake is the organization's most important fund-raiser of the year, raising about $28,000 last year, Hill said.

Plus, the event is fun.

"We had a ball last year," said Edna Webster, team captain of the Goofballs (from Curves). "All we did was laugh."

The Goofballs won the "Team Spirit Award" for its session last year. The team will return for this year's event.

Teams of five bowl together for the event.

A talent for the sport is not necessary.

If a person is looking for a team to join, Big Brothers Big Sisters will try to locate one for them.

Call (928) 468-8375 to sign up for one of four bowling times: 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 4 p.m. or 6:30 p.m.

For the $35 pledge per person, each team member gets a commemorative T-shirt and the chance to win prizes.

The more money each team member raises, the better the prize they are eligible to win.

For instance, for collecting $500 in confirmed pledges one could win a portable boom box.

A trip to San Francisco, Calif. and $300 is the prize for the person who brings in the most confirmed pledges.

"All the money raised stays in Payson," said Big Brothers Big Sisters board member, D. J. Craig.

The money is used to pay for adult background checks and fingerprinting, for the buddy program at Julia Randall Elementary School, group activities such as picnics and the salary of the local program director.

Event entry forms and information are available online at http://bigmagic.inpayson.com.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids' Sake

When: Bowl at 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 4 p.m. or 6:30 p.m., silent auction closes at 7:15 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13

Where: Rim Country Lanes, 1109 N. Beeline Highway.

Call: (928) 468-8375

-- To reach Carol La Valley call 474-5251 ext. 122 or e-mail clavalley@payson.com.

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