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Bowl For Kids' Sake benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters

Seen here are Yavapai College president Jim Horton and some of the college teams, including players from the Championship Soccer team.

Seen here are Yavapai College president Jim Horton and some of the college teams, including players from the Championship Soccer team.

Yavapai County's largest fundraising campaign benefiting children kicked off the first of several celebration parties this past weekend. The Bowl For Kids' Sake campaign encourages people to put together pledge solicitation teams and raise money for Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters programs that help at-risk youths shape a brighter today and future.

For two weekends YBBBS takes over every bowling house in the county. They offer a high-energy party with free bowling, Pizza Hut pizza, Coke, and prizes from dozens of local businesses. YBBBS has been hosting Bowl for Kids' Sake for nearly 20 years.

The event raises enough funds to make and maintain hundreds of matches between at-risk youths and responsible caring adult mentors.

This year economic conditions have made it difficult, but sponsors like Pizza Hut and Coca Cola kept it going. This year, Pizza Hut was awarded the Golden Pizza Award signifying 10 years and thousands of pizzas in support of YBBBS.

This year, another bowl date was added to ensure the funds needed were raised. YBBBS is hosting a special "over the top" bowl March 28 for teams that were unable to participate at the normal time and date. If interested, call YBBBS at 778-5135.

Jim Horton and the Yavapai College teams raised almost $4,000 in pledges, including a pledge from Fain Signature Group that funded the Championship Soccer Team's bowling team.

Organizations who couldn't put together teams found other ways to help. For example, New Frontiers Natural Market gave 15 percent of their total sales from Feb. 18 to YBBBS, The Texas Roadhouse sent their armadillo mascot, prizes and bowling teams to support the cause.

To pledge, learn more, or to become a Big Brother or Big Sister, call YBBBS at 778-5135 or visit www.azbigs.org.

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