More than 80 teams came out to Bowl For Kids’ Sake May 2-10 in Augusta, Hallowell and Skowhegan to support local youth mentoring programs in Kennebec and Somerset counties. The annual event, sponsored by Hannaford Supermarkets, Camden National Bank and United Insurance, raised more than $80,000 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 more than 220 children facing adversity in the Kennebec Valley region, according to a news release from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine.

The Kennebec Valley bowling fundraiser is among four regional Bowl for Kids’ Sake events held in the Midcoast, 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 $250,000 to support 750 children in coastal, eastern and central Maine.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine’s Executive Director Gwendolyn Hudson said 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).

“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, according to the release. “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 with high school mentors from Skowhegan, Messalonskee, Waterville, Winslow, Lawrence, Cony and Gardiner high schools. The program also supports community-based matches between children and adults throughout Kennebec and Somerset counties.

2018 TOP FUNRAISERS

Top 3 individual fundraisers and single teams:

• Dick Behr, BBBSMM Big Brother — $2,825

• Rick Eskelund, BBBSMM Big Brother — $2,335 (team total $2,435)

• Lindsey May, $590 (team total $870)

Top 3 fundraising businesses (multiple teams):

• Hannaford Supermarkets — $11,454.02

• Camden National Bank — $6,437

• Kennebec Savings Bank — $5,585

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine changes the lives of 750-plus 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.

For more information about Bowl for Kids’ Sake, enrolling a child or becoming a volunteer or mentor, call 236-2227, email [email protected], or visit www.bbbsmidmaine.org.

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