Big Brothers Big Sisters had a successful Bowl for Kids’ Sake fund-raising event on Sunday, Sept. 18 at Rim Country Lanes. On behalf of the advisory board and the Big Brothers Big Sisters staff here in Payson, we want to thank everyone who participated in our major fund-raising event which brought in over $17,000. This money will allow us to continue our programs providing quality mentors for children between the ages of 6 and 18 in the Rim Country community.
Statistics show that through their involvement in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, children have better grades, improved school attendance, and fewer disciplinary problems in class. This support from our community allowed Big Brothers Big Sisters of Payson to have 163 Payson Unified School District students participating in our program last school year. In which 54 of these students were high school students serving as mentors. We expect that number will be higher this school year.
Thanks go out to all participants who raised money to bowl, purchased raffle tickets, and donated gifts to be given away during the day of the event. We would like to thank our lane sponsors: Chapman Auto Center; St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; Kevin Dick Investments; Edward Jones — Ross Hage, financial adviser; Hospice Compassus; Macky’s Grill; Waste Matters; Payson Regional Medical Center; Suddenlink; Anderson Dental; The Home Depot; Ram Enterprise; Jack in the Box; and Payson Physical Therapy for their support.
Special thanks to our financial sponsors: Chaparral Pines; the Payson Roundup; Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 810; Tonto Apache Tribe; PostNet; Payson Dental Care; Waste Management; Walmart; Payson Concrete & Materials; Rim Country Lanes; Chili’s Restaurant; and Kiwanis Club of Zane Grey Country.
Every event like this cannot be successful without proper planning and organization. Thank you to our advisory board members Cari Day, Patty Kaufman, John Wakelin, Melodi Deaton, Rev. Dan Tantimonaco and Bobby Davis for your dedication to the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization, the Bowl for Kids’ Sake event, and especially the children in the Payson community. The board, along with Ann Henley did an outstanding job recruiting new teams for the event.
Josh Reid, manager of Rim Country Lanes, has been an avid supporter of Bowl for Kids’ Sake 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. As always, we would love to encourage anyone in the Payson community interested in becoming a mentor to please contact us. Call Big Brothers Big Sisters’ local office at (928) 468-8375.
Thank you again to all our supporters for providing us with the opportunity to continue serving the children in this community.
Robert Henley, April Quinlan and Priscilla Mendoza-O’Brien
Payson Office, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona