The annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake was held Saturday at Hilltop Super Bowl, benefitting children served in Ellis County by Big Brothers Big Sisters.

“One hundred percent of the dollars raised by bowlers will go to the children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters in the city where the dollars are raised. We experienced 30 percent growth last year in Ellis County and rely on this event to serve the children who are currently waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister,” regional executive director Diana Phillips said.

“Big Brothers Big Sisters in Ellis County serves more than 140 children each year,” Phillips said, “but currently more than 60 children are waiting for a mentor. Many of them have waited more than a year. These are great kids who are good students but live with at-risk factors like coming from a single-parent family or low income.”

Bowl For Kids’ Sake is the organization’s largest national fundraiser, raising more than $20 million annually for children in need across the country. Participants of Bowl For Kids’ Sake were asked to raise $100 in donations. They enjoyed a bowling party with two free games of bowling, pizza provided by Damon Bentley of Cici’s Pizza in Waxahachie, drinks by PepsiCo, T-shirts, door prizes, fun music, team photos and more. 

Teams were made up of five to six people.

Members of the Waxahachie fire and police departments took part in the event, competing against each other.

“Saturday went very well and it was a very positive experience. We learned a lot and that there is a huge need for big brothers or sisters in our community,” firefighters association president Don Alexander said. “Some of these kids have been on the waiting list for a very long time to be matched with a volunteer. The main message is that they need volunteers.”

Police Chief Chuck Edge said the event was all about children and to raise awareness that the program needs donations and volunteers.

While Edge and his team of officers scored higher, Fire Chief David Hudgins and his firefighters raised the highest amount to support Waxahachie children in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Other bowling challenge winners included Rock-Tenn Company winning the Ellis County Industry Challenge and the Stephen’s Ministry team from First United Methodist Church winning the Church Challenge.

Hudgins said the event went really well and is a good way to support the mission of what Big Brothers and Big Sisters in the community.

Volunteers can participate in the school-based program (just one lunch period a week during the school year) or the community-based program (visiting your Little Brother or Sister outside of school a minimum of two times a month). 

Contact Phillips at 972-573-2420 or dphillips@bbbstx.org for more information or to volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters.