Local Businesses Set to “Bowl for Kids’ Sake”

SANTA CRUZ, CA  (April 14, 2017) — The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is challenging local businesses to Bowl for Kids Sake and help support at-risk kids in our community. Bowling teams are invited to participate in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County’s biggest fundraiser of the year at the Boardwalk Bowl on April 29 and 30.
Families, friends and co-workers as well as businesses are all invited to field a team in the friendly competition. Bowling skills are not required, and the time commitment is minimal (one game). All money raised goes to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County.
Karl Rice, president of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk will lead a Boardwalk team, called Karl’s Ringers. Rice is also competing in a special challenge with local restauranteur Zach Davis of The Glass Jar, Inc.
Rice and Davis have each set a team fundraising goal of  $2,500, but they are also upping the ante with a little side action. The team with the lower bowling score will donate an additional $500 to Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the team that raises less money will also donate $500 to Big Brothers Big Sisters.
More than 120 teams are expected to participate. Teams collect sponsorships from family, friends, and co-workers to help raise critical funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County. Teams have a wide range of bowling experience, but all aim to improve the lives of children in Santa Cruz County. All money raised by the event helps support Big Brothers Big Sisters’ professionally managed mentoring services for children in Santa Cruz County. 
The event is Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County’s largest annual fundraiser, last year’s event raised more than $110,000. The Boardwalk has donated the use of the Boardwalk Bowl facility for Bowl for Kids Sake every year for the past 34 years.
 “The Boardwalk Bowl is extremely proud to be a major sponsor of Bowl for Kids’ Sake,” said Boardwalk president Karl Rice. “We encourage other businesses to sign up to participate in this fun event.”
Individuals raising $125 or more receive an event T-shirt; individuals that raise over $200 receive an event sweatshirt; and those that raise over $250 will be offered Grab Bag prizes. Additionally, a Grand Prize of two nights in a two-bedroom villa at Seascape and dinner at Sanderlings will be awarded to the top fundraiser.
Since 1982 Big Brothers and Big Sisters has served over 6,500 at risk youth, by matching them to screened and trained adult volunteers who provide guidance, emotional support and appropriate role modeling. Currently, they have over 75 kids on a waiting list for a caring mentor.
To register a team for Bowl for Kids’ Sake or to donate to a bowler visit www.santacruzmentor.org, email bowl@santacruzmentor.org, or call 831-464-8691.

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