The 21st annual Bowl for Kids Sake fund-raiser to benefit Big Brothers & Sisters of Portage County Inc. recently was held at AMF Twin Star Lanes in Kent, netting $12,000 for the agencys one-to-one youth mentoring program.
About 275 bowlers participated in the event, which included two games of bowling, free shoe rental, pizza and pop, door prizes and a Bowl for Kids Sake T-shirt. Fourteen bowlers each brought in more than $100 in donations and also received a Bowl for Kids Sake sweatshirt.
Todd Schumacher of Deerfield won a $100 Wal-Mart gift card in the adult division drawing. Alissa DeJovine of Aurora High School won a $50 Wal-Mart gift card in the youth division drawing.
A total of $3,563 was raised in the School Challenge this year. The following schools participated: Aurora High School student council, Kathy Wiemken, adviser, $1,651; Maplewood Career Center, Michelle McPherson and Maria Maculuso, teachers, $1,282; Waterloo Middle School Extra Mile Club, Jeff Matthews, adviser, $320; Crestwood High School, Mary Beth Thigpen, teacher, $170; Ravenna High School JOGS, Ron Whitmer, adviser, $140.
The following area businesses made sponsorship donations: Wal-Mart, $500; Beta Technology, Inc., Dr. Christopher Brandt, Ravenna Giant Eagle, Mogadore Local Schools, Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority, Portage Community Bank, Rick Kuntz Trucking Inc., Davey Tree Expert Co., $100 each; Akron Aeros, Amy Common, Chad Murdock, attorney at law, Glory Days, Home Savings Bank, Kent Office Supply and Business Machines, Dr. Michael Adkins, Midway Auto, Mogadore Dairy Queen, Oscar Brugmann Sand and Gravel Inc., Paul Huchok, C.P.A., R & S Drywall, the Rehabcenter, Todd and Lisa Schumacher and Tops, $50 each.
Working at the event were: volunteer chairman Amy Common of Rootstown; staff members Andrea Neidert, Deb Murrin, Ferrell Murrin, Ryann Murrin and Ron Kilchenman; board members Todd Schumacher, Paul Huchok, Mike Beder, Kathy Collins and Dick Lowenthal; and volunteers John MacAleese, Sharlene MacAleese, Judy Common, Rich Reaser and Diana Dubinsky.
The next fund-raiser for Big Brothers & Sisters will be the annual golf outing July 23 at the Raccoon Hill Golf Club in Kent. For more information, call (330) 296-6655.
The 21st annual Bowl for Kids Sake fund-raiser to benefit Big Brothers & Sisters of Portage County Inc., recently was held at AMF Twin Star Lanes in Kent, netting $12,000 for the agencys one-to-one youth mentoring program. Aurora High Schools student council won the Student Challenge by raising $1,651. Receiving their trophy and certificate of appreciation from Big Brothers board president Todd Schumacher, right, are AHS student council members, from left, Alissa DeJovine, Kelly Pierce, Brittany Baker, Katie Baker and Amber Cabot.