Big Brothers Big Sisters had a very successful Bowl for Kids' Sake on Sunday, Aug. 10 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 more than $36,000! This money will allow us to locally grow our program to provide quality adult mentors for children between the ages of 6 and 18. It is all about the kids that need a role model and someone to share quality time within 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, First State Bank, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Waste Matters, APS, Kiwanis Club, Noble Building, National Bank of Arizona, Blue Ribbon Auto Sales, and Macky's Grill.
A special thanks to our financial sponsors: The Rim Club 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, Mazatzal Hotel & Casino, Rim Sight & Sound, Rim Country Lanes, Chapman Auto Center, Chili's Restaurant, Payson Regional Medical Center, Payson Concrete & Materials, Summit Screenprint, and Roy Haught Excavating.
Every event like this cannot be successful without proper planning and organization. We thank Amy Hill, in-coming board chair and our event chairperson for her hard work and dedication to Big Brothers Big Sisters. We also thank Ross Hage, our out-going board chair, and board members Patty Kaufman (created the raffle baskets), the Rev. Dan Tantimonaco, Ann Prow, Craig Miller (served as DJ and kept us on our time schedule), 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 clean up after the event. Ginger Sparks, program specialist for Big Brothers Big Sisters did an excellent job explaining our need for adult mentors during the event and recruiting bowling teams made up of adult mentors and children being mentored.
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.
Thank you to all who made this event a very good success in spite of the soft economy. 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