Bowl For Kids’ Sake raises over $95K for youth mentoring mission

YAVAPAI COUNTY – Continuing a tradition started in 1984, Yavapai County community members came out in force in April to Bowl For Kids’ Sake (BFKS) to support the youth mentoring mission of Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters (YBBBS).

Over 500 bowlers participated, raising more than $95,000, smashing the agency’s $90,000 goal.

“Our community’s solidarity in supporting our mission and the well-being of our Bigs and Littles is deeply appreciated,” shared Kristen Kerns, YBBBS executive director.

The top 3 individual fundraisers were David Bandy, $3,051; Scott Ramelot, $2,900; and Patrick Lavelle, $2,700.

The top 3 business fundraisers were Milgard Windows and Doors, $21,153.85; National Bank of Arizona (six teams from four branches), $3,334.09; and State Farm Jerome Prazak agency, $3,153.40.

The raffle winner of the Samsung 85” crystal UHD 4K CU8000 TV donated by Amazon was Stan Goligoski.

“Our local community once again showed how much they are invested, and how much they care, about our mission through their Bowl for Kids’ Sake efforts. Our agency thanks everyone who participated in Bowl for Kids’ Sake this year, and we look forward to making it even bigger and better next year,” said Brian Bergner Jr., YBBBS development specialist. “I’d also like to give a special shout-out to The Miter Foundation, our BFKS T-shirt sponsor.”

BFKS couldn’t be successful without the sponsors and community partners of YBBBS: APS, Desert Financial, Dignity Health, Courier Cares, PV Amazon, Findlay Toyota GMC, OneAZ Credit Union, Advanced Coatings, Nackard Pepsi, Connolly Electric & Mechanical, Big O Tires, Unisource Energy Services, Servicemaster Restore of Prescott, Arizona’s Hometown Radio Group, Yavapai Broadcasting, Canyon Aeroconnect, Printpack, Pioneer Title Agency, Smelter Town Brewery, HOAMCO, Chino Valley Heating and Cooling Pinnacle Bank, The Miter Foundation, Pizza Hut, Fann Contractors, Findlay Toyota Center, CAFMA Firefighter Charities, Better Homes & Gardens Bloomtree Realty, Salt Rivers Materials Group, Panera Bread, Arizona Smile Designers, Red Rock Air, Jeff Champ Farmers Insurance, Makayla Chadwick State Farm, Maverick, Antelope Lanes and Plaza Bowl.

“I am so grateful for all of the support this community has shown to Yavapai Big Brother Big Sisters through Bowl for Kids’ Sake this year,” said YBBBS Donor Relations Director Heather Seets. “People from every corner of Yavapai County came out to donate, organize a team, or bowl on a team. And I want to thank the business sponsors that make this event possible every year. We are fortunate to live in a community that supports one another.”

Bowl For Kids’ Sake is a national fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters, with local organizations raising funds to support their mission of providing adult mentors to young people.

This year’s theme of Taking Flight for a Better Tomorrow showcased the agency’s commitment to continue expanding the mentoring program to young people up to age 24 through the Big Futures workforce development plan.

Partnering with YBBBS through Bowl for Kids’ Sake makes a positive, long-lasting impact on youth in your community. The mentoring programs broaden young people’s perspectives and help them learn how to make good choices. Mentoring starts a young person on the path to fulfilling their potential and succeeding in school and life. Learn more at ­


For more than 50 years, Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every young person is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. We make meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and youth (“Littles”), ages 6 through 24. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people. We have offices in Prescott and Cottonwood. Reach out today for more information at 928.778.5135.

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