Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

March 8, 2013

Big Brothers Big Sisters grateful for support

Brent Brown
Greensburg Daily News

Greensburg — Sunday’s Bowl for Kids’ Sake raised approximately $34,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Decatur County, according to BBBS Executive Director Bev Karazsia.

The annual fundraising event’s total was down about $7,000 when compared to last year’s bowling fund raiser due to a downturn in the number of participants in 2013. Karazsia told the Daily News Thursday that Sunday’s event drew 107 bowling teams to Parkside Lanes, which was far fewer than in years past.

In spite of the smaller turnout and decreased monetary returns, organizers of this year’s Bowl for Kids’ Sake were grateful for those who gave and participated, no matter the form in which they did so.

“I really want to thank our community so much for their support,” said Karazsia. “The community always comes together and helps agencies within Decatur County, and I’m very grateful for those who have continued to support us this year.” Karazsia also gave a nod to the many sponsors of the annual event, citing their help as integral in helping the 2013 iteration of Bowl for Kids’ Sake become a success.

With the books essentially closed on this year’s Bowl for Kids’ Sake (save for collections remaining on paper and plastic bowling pins throughout the community) the organization is now looking toward summer for its annual “Race for Kids” 5K run at Greensburg Community High School.

That annual fund raiser is scheduled for the morning of July 13.

In the meantime, April will see BBBS wrap-up its Achievement Involving Mentors (AIM) program for the year in addition to the implementation of a new child safety program.

And those who happened to miss out on Sunday’s bowling spectacle may still participate in belated absentia via the “virtual bowler” program. The virtual bowler program calls for participants to donate a minimum of $25. These funds, as is the case with all BBBS of Decatur County fund raising events, go toward programs intended to enrich the lives of local children.

Karazsia also told the Daily News that several silent auction items from Sunday’s Bowl for Kids’ Sake are still available. Among these are tickets to the Newport Aquarium, a $100 Anytime Fitness gift card, and four admission tickets to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame among others.

The organizers are also planning to soon brainstorm new ideas for next year’s event. Karazsia said one new activity at this year’s bowling fund raiser allowed children to shoot baskets, arcade style, after which small prizes were given out.

“It was fun,” said Karazsia. “I think they had a good time doing that.”

For more information, contact BBBS at 812-663-7556.

Contact: Brent Brown 812-663-3111 x7056