MIDCOAST — More than 100 teams came out to Bowl for Kids’ Sake in April in Northport, Belfast, Waldoboro, and Rockport to support local youth mentoring programs. The annual event, presented by Hannaford Supermarkets and Camden National Bank, raised more than $70,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine.
Proceeds from Bowl for Kids’ Sake will directly support the agency’s school, site and community-based, 1-to-1 mentoring programs that serve 200 children facing adversity in the Midcoast region.
The local fundraiser is among four regional Bowl for Kids’ Sake events held in Kennebec Valley, Androscoggin County and a final event slated for early November in Penobscot County. Bowl for Kids’ Sake is Big Brothers Big Sisters’ largest annual fundraising effort, expected to raise $260,000 to support 700 children in coastal, eastern and central Maine.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine’s funds raised at Bowl for Kids’ Sake are critical in the agency’s work to create and support strong and enduring relationships between kids facing adversity (Littles) and their teen and adult mentors (Bigs). according to Mid-Maine’s executive director Gwendolyn Hudson, in a news release.
“We are very grateful for the generosity of our sponsors, volunteers and the many teams who came out to support local kids through Bowl for Kids’ Sake,” Hudson said. “When you support Big Brothers Big Sisters, you help clear the path to a child’s biggest possible future. We couldn’t do it without our community.”
Bowl for Kids’ Sake helps fund local site and school-based programs pairing kids facing adversity with high school mentors from Camden Hills, Oceanside, Medomak Valley and Lincoln Academy High Schools. The program also supports community-based matches between children and adults throughout Knox, Lincoln and southern Waldo counties.
2019 MidCoast Bowl for Kids’ Sake Top Fundraisers
TOP 3 INDIVIDUAL FUNDRAISERS and SINGLE TEAMS:
Bella Gallace - $1,343
Mike Archer - $952 (team total $1,732)
Jerod Cronkite - $850 (team total $1,230)
TOP 3 FUNDRAISING BUSINESSES (Multiple Teams):
Bank of America - $16,081.62
Hannaford Supermarkets- $10,315.44
Camden National Bank - $9,895.13
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine changes the lives of 700 children facing adversity in Androscoggin, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Penobscot, Somerset, and Waldo counties for the better, forever by providing strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships. By partnering with parents, volunteers and organizations, children in the program have higher aspirations, greater confidence, develop better relationships, avoid risky behaviors and achieve educational success.
Androscoggin County Office: (207) 653-3857, Lewiston/Auburn
Kennebec County Office: (207) 592-4616, 2351 North Belfast Avenue, Augusta, ME 04330
Knox County Office: (207) 236-BBBS, 66 Elm Street, Suite 100, Camden, ME 04843
Penobscot County Office: (207) 370-8716, 890 Hammond Street, Bangor, ME 04401