Rollers bowl for the kids

An annual fundraiser in Langley adopted a retro theme last weekend.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Langley gave Bowl for Kids Sake a 1970s feel.

In all, 35 teams bowled March 8 and 9.

executive director Mary Reeves estimated that this year’s Bowl for Kids Sake will generate roughly $25,000 – about what was raised last year.

The beneficiary from the weekend of strikes, spares, and occasional gutter balls is BBBSL, which pairs adult volunteers (a.k.a. Bigs) with children in need of a mentor (Littles).

Funds raised will be used for three mentoring programs: traditional community-based matches, in-school mentoring matches (both adult and teen), and the Go Girls and Game On group programs. 

“These programs for the most part are preventative in nature and support children at risk of falling through the cracks and not reaching their full potential,” Reeves said. “All programs provide youth with a role model and a friend to talk to. The focus is on building positive, supporting relationships founded on trust and respect.”

Reeves said the weekend had a great vibe.

“We loved the costumes from the 1970s,” she said. “Clearly the Hardy Sales teams, Aldergrove Credit Union, and Soroptomists were [wearing] the most colourful and engaging costumes.”

The bowler adorned in the best individual costume took home a three-piece luggage set compliments of Travel Best Bets, and the best dressed team won a trophy. Panago donated pizza for every session and Subway Fraser Crossing donated cookies. 

This was a banner year in terms of corporate support, with the highest ever number of lane sponsors in event history.  

“It was nice to see some new businesses get on board this year,” said Reeves, who noted that all the money raised stays in Langley. “It is such a fun, entertaining and team building way to do good for the community and children in Langley.”

Hardy Sales had two teams bowling and raised the most money as a company team. Maxine D’Andrea and Tim Lounsbury were the top individual fundraisers.

BBBSL turning 40 is a milestone for a group.

“This is a year of celebration for our agency and all of the former and current volunteers,” Reeves said. “Littles and staff have played a role in why we are here today.”

For more about BBBSL visit its website at bbbslangley.com.

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