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Bowl for Kids’ Sake promises fun and funding

Teams are rolling in to sign up to take part in Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Bowl For Kids’ Sake fund-raising event on March 20, at Sky Ute Resort’s Rolling Thunder Lanes in Ignacio.

A couple of organizations have signed up more than one team and are challenging each other to see which team can raise the most money.

The Pagosa Springs Women’s Club has signed up two teams, the “Pin Dolls” and the “Gutter Gals.” Siri Schuhardt, Women’s Club team coordinator, says this is a great opportunity for clubs to band together to do something really worthwhile for the children in our community.

The Pagosa Brewing Co. is also sponsoring two teams, which are challenging each other to raise funds.

“We have received a good number of team registrations,” says Terri House, board president, “but we need more. The more teams we have helping us to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters the more children we will be able to match with mentors.”

Some teams are planning to take advantage of booking an overnight stay at the Sky Ute Resort Hotel on Friday night (reservations for discounted rooms must be made by March 16) and enjoy the big Friday night bingo game offered at the casino. Certainly, there are many ways to enjoy a weekend of fun and relaxation at this beautiful resort location.

A few team members admit that it has been years since they bowled.

Team leader of the local clergy group, “The Holy Bowlers,” Fr. Doug Neel, suggests that he and his team members will be saying special prayers in hopes that they won’t embarrass themselves too much.

“We plan to have a good time and encourage our congregations to give generously to this valuable community organization,” he said.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is the oldest mentoring organization in the country, providing volunteer mentors for children who need a special friend. The Archuleta County agency currently sponsors 27 children and volunteers in one-on-one relationships at the cost of $1,000 per match each year. All donations raised will go to assist our local program.

Registering your team online is an easy process. Those interested in participating can go to to sign up or to make a donation. Teams consist of four members. Bowlers are asked to collect $80 each from friends and colleagues to be eligible to bowl. Money can easily be collected online by creating a personal page where friends can contribute directly to your credit.

Even if you cannot attend the event to bowl, you can sign up and create your own page to solicit contributions from friends. One of last year’s top fund-raisers was a “Phantom Bowler” who did not actually bowl, but was able to raise money for this worthy cause through soliciting online donations.

If you have questions or need more information, please call Sally Neel at 264-5077, or e-mail Together, we can make a big difference in the life of a child.