Big Brothers Big Sisters Was Big Success

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Big Brothers Big Sisters had a very successful Bowl For Kids' Sake on Sunday, August 12 at Rim Country Lanes.

On behalf of the advisory board and the Big Brothers Big Sisters staff here in Payson, I want to thank everyone who participated in our major fund-raising event which brought in over $40,000.

This money will allow us to locally grow our program to provide quality adult mentors for children between the ages of 6 and 15. It is all about the kids that need a role model and someone to share quality time with in a big brother or big sister relationship. Statistics show an increase in grades, attendance improvement and fewer disciplinary problems in class with children who are matched through our program.

Thanks go out to all participants who raised the money to bowl, purchased raffle tickets, and donated gifts to be given away during the day of the event. Our lane sponsors are Payson Pilots Association, Towne Bank of Arizona, Pioneer Title Agency, Chapman Auto Center, APS, Kiwanis Club, KCMA-LP, National Bank of Arizona, and the Town of Payson.

A special thanks to our financial sponsors: Bison Homes, our event sponsor, The Rim and Chaparral Pines, the Payson Roundup, Edward Jones, Ross Hage, Financial Advisor, Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 810, PostNet, Payson Dental Care, Waste Management, Amon Builders, Wal-Mart, ERA Young Realty Community Support Fund, Main Street Grille, Aaron Rents, Payson Concrete and Materials, Summit Screenprint and Roy Haught Excavating.

Every event like this cannot be successful without proper planning and organization. We thank Amy Hill, board member and our event chairperson, Ross Hage, our board chair, and board members, Rosanne Seig, Ann Prow, Craig Miller, and Bobby Davis.

They all worked tirelessly during the planning and were present all day during the event. Others volunteered during the day to help with selling raffle tickets, counting money, taking team pictures (thanks Bobby Davis), and cleanup after the event. Ginger Sparks, the program specialist for Big Brothers Big Sisters did an excellent job explaining our need for adult mentors during the day and we had eight people express interest in becoming a mentor.

Bob Baker, owner of Rim Country Lanes, has been an avid supporter of the event and thanks go to him and his staff in making this a very memorable event. Thanks to all who made this event as successful as it was. Please consider becoming an adult mentor. Call Big Brothers Big Sisters local office at 468-8375.

Robert Henley, Director of Program for Northern Gila County, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona

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