Annual Bowl For Kids Is Aug. 12

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The women from Compass Bank are back with a new name and renewed enthusiasm at the Sixth Annual Bowl for Kids' Sake set for Aug. 12.

"It's a good way to do something outside of work with our employees and it is for a good cause," customer service manager Rosanne Mitchell said.

Bowl for Kids teams are made up of five members with a minimum pledge of $35 per bowler.

Bowlers in 2006 raised $28,000 for the nonprofit organization that mentors children.

Mitchell could not remember what her team raised last year, but was confident they would meet or exceed the funds this year.

Last year, Kaye Mikeworth, manager at Compass, named the team Git-R-Done.

"Everyone dressed in kinda hokey clothes, but I didn't get the word so I thought for a minute that that was the way people dressed on their days off work," Mitchell said, then laughed.

This year Mitchell, Mikeworth, Jami Castello, Judy Baze and Veronique Marley are "The Compass Queen Pins."

"Are we awesome bowlers? No. But we bowled last year and has so much fun," Mitchell said.

It is not too late for teams who wish to form and sign up for one of five bowling times throughout the day: 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Participants get a free commemorative T-shirt and there are prizes such as digital cameras, barbecue equipment and iPod Shuffles for individual and team pledges received at the time of bowling.

The Grand Prize is a widescreen LCD HD TV. Second and third prizes are a whale watching, fishing trip for two to Oceanside Marina Suites and a Nintendo Wii System.

Littles in the program are decorating bowling pins for a silent auction.

The money raised at the event stays with the Littles of Payson.

Contact BBBS at (928) 468-8375 for bowling team entry forms or more information.

The Payson BBBS chapter has two programs -- a site-based Lunch Buddies program and the community-based program.

The site-based Lunch Buddies program, held during the lunch hour at Julia Randall Elementary School, is for adults who want to make a difference, but do not have much time.

Adults in the community-based program spend a few times each month doing things together -- watch a movie, play sports, garden -- any activity they both enjoy.

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