|Santa Cruz, CA – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County annual bowl-a-thon, Bowl for Kids’ Sake was a great success, thanks to the 500+ bowlers, Corporate and Organization Sponsors, and community volunteers! Over $114,000 was raised over the 2 day event on April 20th and 21st. All the proceeds stay local to help match the youth waiting for their own Big Brother or Big Sister.This was the 30thanniversary of the Bowl for Kids’ Sake event. We had bowling teams from PCS, Bay Federal Credit Union, Santa Cruz County Bank, Comerica, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Santa Cruz Community Credit Union, Lighthouse Bank, Granite Rock, Moose Lodge, local realtor organizations, and various community and business organizations to make up over 100 teams.
Seaside Company’s Tom Canfield and Lighthouse Bank’s Richard Hofstetter challenged each other for highest team score and greatest amount raised by their teams. Their annual challenge yielded an extra $1,000 for the organization.This year there were fourteen “Matchmaker Teams” which raised $1000 or more. These teams were also entered in a special Matchmaker Team prize drawing donated by the Seaside Company. Team Dougy, our winning team, won tickets on the Chardonnay II, all-day passes to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, five bottles of Boardwalk Blond Beer And this year, a Matchmaker Team prize was also awarded to the leading Youth team. The Spring Hill Alumni team won a pizza and pool party at the La Madrona Athletic Club for 40 friends.
Marie Cubillas, Big Brothers Big Sisters Executive Director, was thrilled with the support and enthusiasm of the bowlers and sponsors. “A Big thank you to each and every participant and sponsor that helped raise critical funds to support our youth mentoring programs,” says Cubillas. “You are all helping change the way children grow up in Santa Cruz County.”
Participating bowlers and top fundraisers won tee shirts and prizes donated by local merchants. The grand prize package was awarded to top fundraiser Richard Branson, bringing in over $4500: an overnight stay in a deluxe beach front room at the Santa Cruz Dream Inn, dinner for two at Palapas, two movie tickets, and a bottle of Pelican Ranch Wine.
This year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County also celebrated its 31st anniversary providing mentoring services to children in the county. Since 1982, the agency has served more than 5,000 children.
We would like to Thank the following Lane Sponsors:
A J Bugge Financial Services, ANB Insurance Services, Appenrodt Commercial Properties, B&B Small Engine Repair, Cabrillo Host Lions Club, Capurro Marketing, Cartwright, Scruggs, Fulton & Walther, Chad Hoesing CPA, Inc., Comerica, Crow’s Nest, Dignity Health, Drew Miller Insurance Services, Inc., Dunbar Productions, Eric’s Deli Café Inc., Falcon Trading Company/SunRidge Farms, Freedom Lions Club, Graniterock, Grunsky, Ebey, Farrar & Howell, Hot Spring Spas Santa Cruz, Impact Media, Johnny’s Harborside, La Madrona Athletic Club, Law Offices of Kimberley M. Teves & James C. Almeida, Leavitt Group, Marathon Landscaping Service, Modus System Inc., Morgan Stanley in memory of Peter Middlekauff, Ocean Honda, Pacific Ingredient Exchange, Pacific Underground Construction, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Paradise Beach Grille, Patrick Scheufler, An Accountancy Corporation, Print Smith, Progressive Benefit Group, Real Estate Eight Three One, Rotary Club Santa Cruz Sunrise, Rutledge & Rutledge Law Firm, RV’s Computers, Inc., S. Martinelli & Company, Inc., Santa Cruz Community Credit Union, Santa Cruz County Bank, Santa Cruz Host Lions Club, Santa Cruz Nutritionals, Santa Cruz Staffing, Santa Cruz Warriors, Scarborough Lumber & Building Supply, Scott’s Body Shop, Scotts Valley Host Lions Club, Seagate Technology, Shadowbrook, Sign Services, TAM Communications, Tradin Organics/SunOpta, Vaughn Marketing Group, and Vital Body Therapy.