The 32nd Annual Bowl For Kids' Sake is in the books!
Sponsored by National Penn Bank, BFKS raised over $65,000 to help fund our four (4) mentoring programs serving children facing adversity in Berks County. The event was held April 12th at Hiester Lanes in Reading and April 26th & 27th at Berks Lanes in Sinking Spring. Nearly 400 bowlers showed up over the course of those three days to help Big Brothers Big Sisters raise the money to continue serving hundreds of Berks County youth.
Besides our friends at National Penn, we also want to thank our two T-Shirt Sponsors this year (Giorgio Foods and Carpenter Technology), our other Corporate Sponsors, our many Littles Teams sponsors, companies & individuals who donated various items, and our numerous bowlers.
Including Prime Sponsor National Penn Bank and T-shirt Sponsors Giorgio Foods and CarTech, our Corporate Sponsors accounted for $22,000 of the money raised. They also include:
MAJOR SPONSORS: BDO - East Penn Manufacturing - M & T Bank - Quaker Chemical Company
ASSISTING SPONSORS: State Representative Tom Caltagirone - Cambridge Lee Industries - Diamond Credit Union - EG Smith - EnerSys - Hub Financial Services - Masano Bradley - RM Palmer - Sheetz - Stevens & Lee/Griffin, and Rob & Cheryl Traub
Companies, organizations, and families/individuals also helped raise money for Bowl For Kids' Sake by sponsoring a Littles Team. These teams -- comprised of Little Brothers/Sisters and Big Brothers/Sisters -- bowl on behalf of those sponsors. They include:
FULL SPONSORS: American Polarizers - Aon Risk Services - Caron Treatment Centers - Jarett Yoder Memorial Fund - M & C Agricultural Services - Doug Myers - Quadrant Engineering - Twin Valley Education AssociationZurich Insurance - and some anonymous donors
CO-SPONSORS: The Anderson Group - Associated Realty & Appraisals - Bellairs Real Estate - Blankenbiller Electrical - Burkhart Refractory - Chima Inc. - Comcast - 5 Star Chrome Inc. - GMI First - Joi Honer - Joe Jurgielewicz & Son - K & W Trucking - Kauffman Motor Service - Keith Garage - Levan's Machine Company Inc. - Love's Travel Stops - members of Masano Bradley - Outten Hamburg - Reading Precast - Rubright Construction - the Smith Family of Pottsville - Sneakervilla - the Sullivan Family of New Philadelphia - Sunsweet Growers - Trupp's Garage - Antonette Tuminello/Customers Bank - other anonymous donors
A total of 78 bowling teams participated in the 32nd Annual Bowl For Kids' Sake event this year. Some came from companies across Berks County, others were individuals/families who wanted to have fun to help kids!
Participating companies and organizations included: A & H Industries (2 Teams) - BDO (2 teams) - CNA Insurance (2 teams) - Cambridge Lee Industries - Canplas Industries - Customers Bank (2 teams) - Diamond Credit Union (3 teams) - EG Smith (2 teams) - EHD (4 teams) - Encompass Insurance (5 teams) - First Energy - Giorgio Mushroom (2 teams) - GMEA (2 teams) - Godiva (2 teams) - Hartman Shurr - M & T Bank - MetEd (2 teams) - National Penn Bank (7 teams) - Nerium AD - Office Service Company - ParenteBeard - Quaker Maid Meats (2 teams) - Raylon (6 teams) - REMAX - Salon EveLeila - Santander Bank (3 teams) - Sentry Abstract - Sneakervilla - State Rep. Mark Rozzi - VA Productions - WorleyParsons (2 teams) - Young Lawyers
Teams from individuals and families were headed up by: Allison Wolf - Brandy DeLong - Diana Garay - Georgene Posey - Jacob/Abigail Ignacio - Jessia Bialek - Jimmy McElwee - Joi Honer - Kirsten Braheny - Lee Yoder - Lisa Weiser - Melissa Garay-Belinski - Rachel Wollyung
Other companies assist the agency by keeping costs to a minimum. They provide food and drinks for the bowlers or provide assistance for the Grand Prize, Chinese Auction, and Door Prizes. Those companies include:
Applebee's - Auto Spa - Bath & Body Works - Bell Tower - Birdsboro Beverage - BodyZone - CC's Pizza - Chapel Hill golf course - Clover Farms Dairy - Elements to Wellness - Five Guys - Giants - Giorgio Foods - Godiva - Goodman Vending - Hair on the Avenue - Kohl's Department Store - LA Fitness - Lowe's - Martin's Chips - Mary Kay Cosmetics - Nogginbox Creative - Outback Steakhouse - Panera Bread - Pepperidge Farms - Primo Pizza - Red Lobster - Redners - RM Palmer - Scentsy - Sneaker Villa - Sorelli Jewelry - Starbucks - Subway - Tastefully Simple - the Water Guy - Thirty One Bags - Unique Pretzels - Wawa - Weis Markets
We would also like to extend our appreciation to the many ANONYMOUS donors who helped at all levels.