|Members of No. 7 gather for bowling.|
Every year, Big Brothers Big Sisters holds the Bowl for Kids Sake signature fundraiser where half a million people across the United States help raise money to support the organization at a local level. The money helps fund background checks on volunteers to ensure child safety, and provide on-going support for the children, families, and volunteers. Members of Western have been getting involved with the Bowl for Kids Sake fundraiser for several years.
Lodges from Cedar Rapids, IA, have been getting a team together and raising money for five years. This year, members of No. 7 were able to gather 14 bowlers.
No. 7 member Melissa Clapp detailed the process, “Big Brothers Big Sisters organizes the event and then teams sign up for dates and times. The team solicits donations. Sometimes, the lodge will do a sponsorship donation or pledge an amount to each bowler.”
“We bowl two games with other teams at the same time. We like to have small competitions within our team to add to the fun. Big Brothers Big Sisters has prizes for the bowlers as well,” Melissa Clapp described.
"Big Brothers Big Sisters is an organization that has been very successful at giving children a chance to do more than otherwise possible."
No. 7 is proud to support Big Brothers Big Sisters through Bowl for Kids Sake, making annual donations, and helping at their annual holiday meal where over 700 Big and Little families enjoy dinner, activities, and a music DJ. “Big Brothers Big Sisters is an organization that has been very successful at giving children that may not have the best home life a chance to do more than otherwise possible. They have had many Littles become inspired to go on to college after being paired with a Big,” said No. 7 member Don Nieland.
Verna Laska No. 108, Denmark, WI, has organized a multi-lodge bowling event for over ten years. The effort was headed by member Rudy Kolarik as an event that would bring lodge members from Denmark, Whitelaw, and Manitowoc lodges together. They had 15 participants that helped raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters this year. The lodges also raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters through a Bingo event. “It is always good to network and see friends from other lodges. Our district has the benefit of having many lodges within close proximity so we can do things together, ” explained No. 108 member Jodi Kolarik.
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“We always look for charities in the area that need support. Which Big Brothers Big Sisters location we donate to varies each year based on which lodges attend – sometimes it is Green Bay and other times it might be Manitowoc,” said No. 108 member Jodi Kolarik.
If you are interested in becoming a Big or donating to Big Brothers Big Sisters, visit www.bbbs.org to find your nearest location and other information.
Call 877-935-2467 to speak with a Western Fraternal Life Representative.