With the Colleges ongoing support for the Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) program, it has become an annual tradition for students and staff to participate in the organization’s largest national fundraiser, Bowl for Kids’ Sake, with the HWS BBBS program raising $3,000 this year.
Bowl for Kids’ Sake has supported BBBS agencies throughout the country for more than 40 years. At the Bowl for Kids’ Sake party, following a month of raising awareness and funds, volunteers and donors were thanked for their commitment and continued support of the program.
At this year’s event on March 6, “bigs” and “littles” were welcomed with pizza and refreshments, followed by two games of bowling.
“This is my favorite event because it brings together community members for a great cause in a fun environment where everyone can relax,” says BBBS Outreach Coordinator Stephanie Wells ’10, who has organized Bowl for Kids’ Sake since her first year at HWS. “This will be the last Bowl for Kids’ Sake I have planned, and I am sad to leave because it so fun and is a wonderful way to thank our donors for their support.”
Along with Rochester BBBS advisors Heather Mills and Rozanne Kise, Wells and the team of HWS BBBS staff members-Martha Beltz ’11, Franchessca Branlund ’10, Katie Levenstein ’12, Belinda Littlefield ’11, Mamme Daley ’10 and Kyle Sinkoff ’10-planned the event, putting in many hours toward fundraising, advertising and mentoring, drawing on the pool of more than 30 active HWS “bigs.”
Various donors across campus helped the HWS BBBS raise $3,000. The Gearan family, Associate Director of Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning Katie Flowers, Laura Sposato and Professor of Sociology Sheila Bennett all helped with the fundraising efforts, as did the Education and Psychology departments; the Kappa Alpha Society alone helped raise more than $1,300 (with Will Wetzel ’11 raising $600 himself), and Delta Chi fraternity participated for their third consecutive year.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is a national, non-profit organization based in New York City which connects youths between the ages of six and 18 with mentors who assist them with both professional and personal development. Studies within the organization have shown that youths who participate in the program are 46 percent less likely to use illegal drugs and 52 percent less likely to skip school; and there are also several intangible benefits of being part of the program and being connected with a mentor.