Big Brothers Big Sisters Event Raises $21,000

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Students from the Payson Center for Success “Strike-Outs,” celebrate their session’s “Best Dressed Team” award.

Students from Payson Center for Success ham it up at the recent Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl For Kids’ Sake event to help others.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona’s Payson office raised more than $21,000 recently at the Bowl for Kids’ Sake event at Rim Country Lanes.

Local businesses and organizations formed teams for the Aug. 23 fund-raiser. The successful teams surpassed the high fund-raising goals they set, said Robert Henley, director of northern Gila County’s chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Each of the teams had a theme, which the dress of each bowler on the team reflected.

Payson Center for Success had the most bowlers, with six members per team. Walmart, The Home Depot, and Payson Center for Success High School each had four teams this year.

Many of the students at Center for Success serve as mentors to elementary students here in Payson. They are positive role models for these students and spend about an hour a week with them during lunch, Henley said.

Big Brothers Big Sisters in Payson has benefited from the involvement of these high school students. But the real beneficiaries are the children mentored, whose grades, school attendance and behavior improve.

Major sponsors of the communitywide event included the Payson Roundup, PostNet, Four Seasons Resort — Scottsdale, Payson Concrete, Rim Country Lanes, Walmart, Waste Management, Experimental Aircraft Association — Chapter 810, Compass Bank, Payson Regional Medical Center, Hospice Compassus, Chili’s Restaurant, Kiwanis of Zane Grey Country, and Edward Jones — Ross Hage, financial agent.

Lane sponsors included National Bank of Arizona, Blue Ribbon Auto Sales, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Payson Pilots Association, Arizona Public Service, Payson Dental Care, Chapman Auto Center, Summit Screenprint, Town of Payson, Kevin Dick Investments, Jack in the Box, and SSPW Architects.

The financial support from these sponsors and the community bowlers have ensured Big Brothers Big Sisters can continue serving the youth of Rim Country. Community support for the past eight years has been astounding and has allowed Big Brothers Big Sisters to grow, said Henley.

Big Brothers Big Sisters thank all who participated in our Eighth Annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake and all of our mentors who volunteer their time to help the youth of our community. Continued support can be provided to Big Brothers Big Sisters by donating your used clothing in our various donation bins located around Payson. Receipts can be provided. Cash donations for the support of our program are also accepted. Contact the office at (928) 468-8375.

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