Bowl for Kids' Sake

Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest rolls out its largest fundraiser of the year -- Bowl for Kids' Sake.

Frequently Asked Questions about the 2009 Bowl for Kids’ Sake

  • What is Bowl for Kids’ Sake?  Bowl for Kids’ Sake is Big Brothers Big Sisters’ largest fundraiser of the year. All of the money we raise goes directly towards making matches.  It works just like a walk-a-thon or bike race – but for us, we go bowling! Don’t worry – you don’t have to be a good bowler and you may even get a prize for your low score or number of gutter balls!!!  Bowl for Kids’ Sake is about helping kids by raising money through our on-line fundraising tool at  We make it easy and fun for you and your team members.
  • When do I start?  You can register today at  January and February are the months where you and your team members reach out to everyone you know and ask them to give a little to make a Big Impact.  Then you celebrate in March or April at a community bowling event.  Check the website for a complete list of bowling party dates, times and bowling centers.  Reserve your lane today! (Teams must raise minimum funds to be eligible to attend a bowling party with all of the goodies that we provide)
  • What does a team captain do?  A Team Captain is someone who can recruit four more people to bowl with him or her. As Team Captain, all you have to do is help your teammates get registered, and then motivate and excite them to ask their friends, family, colleagues, or whoever they can get to support them—through our Bowl for Kids’ Sake website. Once you are registered, you can have fun with your team’s free website – choose your team name, upload a picture, send e-mails to your friends and supporters, and see which team has raised the most money!  We can also send you a paper pledge sheet.  Call 503.249.4859 and just ask. 
  • How many people are on a team?  A team consists of five fundraisers and bowlers – so if you are a Team Captain, we ask you to recruit four more people to fundraise and bowl with you. 
  • Why do we bowl if this is about raising money for kids?   To have fun, celebrate your fundraising success, and meet other supporters of Big Brothers Big Sisters.  All bowlers receive a commemorative t-shirt, two free games of bowling, and free shoe rental. There will be all sorts of prizes for top fundraisers and low bowling scores; and we’ll have free pizza, beverages, and entertainment. Teams must raise minimum funds to be eligible to attend a bowling party with all of the goodies that we provide.
  • How do I raise money?  As a bowler, you set your own individual fundraising goal. We’re asking each bowler to raise a minimum of $125, so that your whole team raises at least $625—that’s just 5 friends pledging $25 each, or 10 friends pledging $12.50 each)  It costs about $1,000 to create one new match, so of course, the more money we raise, the more children we can get matched. Bowlers should ask everyone they know to support them. Ask your family, friends, co-workers, doctor, accountant…anyone!! Before you know it, you will not only have reached, but probably surpassed, your goal. Plus, we’ve made it really easy to ask people for pledges:
  1. Online registration is now available!  Go to and click on “Bowl for Kids’ Sake” to register and reserve your lane at a bowling party.   You can use our e-mail templates to contact everyone in your e-mail address book. They will get a link e-mailed to them, so that they can donate on-line to your team with a credit card, and their pledges will automatically be counted towards your goal. Our website tracks your progress too. 
  2. You can also use the pre-printed pledge sheet and carry it with you to work, to appointments, or while you run errands. Ask people you come into contact with to support you. And the best part is, you don’t need to collect the money. Big Brothers Big Sisters will take care of the billing.
  • How much time does it take?  Raising money is easy. Between the website and your pledge sheet, you should be able to reach your fundraising goal very quickly. On bowling day, your team of five bowlers gets to bowl two games – this should take about two hours at a relaxed, fun pace. It also leaves time for you to get some food and drinks, and to socialize with your teammates and other bowlers. The bowling is scheduled into 2-hour shifts; however, you should plan to arrive about 15 minutes early so that you can sign in, get your shoes, and find the right ball.
  • What if I don’t have Internet access?  You don’t have to use the website to participate. Give Judi Charman a call at 503.249.4859  X 249 and she can get you all signed up. You would then use your paper pledge sheet to collect pledges. The online system is just another tool to help bowlers reach more people in less time.
  • I’m not a good bowler. Do I need to get a good score?  Bowl for Kids’ Sake is not about bowling – it’s about helping kids. So your score doesn’t matter. For bowlers and supporters alike, the greatest satisfaction comes from knowing you’ve helped kids right here in our community.
  • What’s included with my bowling?  You will bowl two games on the day you select, with free shoe rental, as well as a commemorative t-shirt. Plus, we’ll have tons of special prizes during each session, along with free pizza, beer, and soda. For bowlers who reach certain levels of pledges, such as $500 or $1000, there will be special incentive prizes.
  • What does the money get used for?  The money raised at Bowl for Kids’ Sake goes directly to matching children with adult mentors. It costs $1,000 to match one child to one adult, so the more people who raise money, the greater the number of kids who benefit.
  • Can I make an in-kind donation to be used as a prize at the party?  You bet.  These prizes are a thank-you to our fundraisers and give your business exposure to caring individuals in the community!  Think gift card or certificate, tickets to events, your retail product or re-gift something that you don’t need.  Just let us know. 
  • My company, union, club, etc. may want to have a separate corporate bowl, how does that happen?  If your company, union, club, etc. can form at least ten teams, we’ll make the arrangements for your ‘free’ private bowling party.  Or, your group may want to compete against another group, we’ll arrange the party.  Just let us know!
  • I work for a company that may want to be a corporate sponsor. Who can I talk to about that?   Corporate sponsors are a huge part of the event’s success. We have a complete sponsor packet that we could send to your company and our sponsorship levels are on the Bowl for Kids’ Sake website. 
  • My company has a Matching Gift program. Can I use my pledges for a Matching Gift?  Each company has their own set of rules around their Matching Gift program. You should contact the person within your company who handles the program.
  • All other questions can be directed to Judi Charman, Annual Giving Manager at 503.249.4859 X 249 or via e-mail at

For more information about Big Brothers Big Sisters, visit their website.


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