What if every child fulfilled his or her potential? Think how amazing that would be. Now you can start more Littles on the path to Big things by participating in the Gulf Coast Big Brothers & Big Sisters (GCBBBS) 27th Annual Bowl For Kids Sake (BFKS) on August 7th, 12th, and 14th at AMF Star Lanes in Texas City. Bowl For Kids Sake is our signature fundraising event that allows us to continue to serve hundreds of children throughout Galveston County. Since we have to raise 100% of our operating budget, this event is the lifeline that enables our doors to remain open to the families whose child needs a positive role model in their life. This year, BFKS will be the key financial resource for our agency since we have lost some significant state, federal, and local funding.
Bowl for Kids' Sake 2012 comes as Big Brothers Big Sisters across the nation continues “Start Something™,” a national campaign that invites everyone to get involved with the organization by donating, advocating, or volunteering. Funds raised through BFKS allow Big Brothers Big Sisters across the nation to make more mentoring matches and provide ongoing support to mentors, mentees and families to help sustain long successful relationships unique to our programs.
Research shows that a child needs an average of 4-6 positive influences in their life to have a better chance of reaching their full potential. Who knows what a child is capable of with the right examples to follow? Think back to your childhood. Who was that one special person, other than your parents, who made a difference in your life when you were growing up? Was it a favorite teacher, a scout leader, a coach, a relative or family friend? What was it that made them so special? It was because they cared and took an interest in you and they created a little magic in your life just like our Big Brothers and Big Sisters do each time they see their Littles. Sometimes it is the simple things in life that form our favorite memories, yet it is not until we are grown that we realize how those little moments affected our lives and made us who we are today.
Simply put, mentoring works. It works to ensure a more educated work force, a more successful customer base, and a long-term economic viability of the community. Our mission to help children reach their potential through professionally supported one-to-one relationships with measurable impact is dependent on the success of this event and your partnership is not only vital to our sustaining this mission of mentoring, but it is also is a very smart, tangible business decision, one that will have a positive impact on your company as well.
“Bowl for Kids' Sake brings the whole community together in support of a positive future for our kids,” said Pamela Gabriel, President of the Gulf Coast Big Brothers Big Sisters Board of Directors. “No matter how someone chooses to be involved--bowler, team captain, sponsor, or even a virtual bowler--each person has a hand in helping to start a child on the right path. Every dollar raised through Bowl for Kids' Sake directly funds our mentoring programs in Galveston County and helps to maintain and sustain our mentoring relationships, increasing a child’s chances for success.”
Please Start Something today by getting involved with BFKS 2012! Whether you form a team, become a corporate sponsor, or make a donation, your efforts ensure that more Bigs and Littles can be paired up, more friendships can begin and improved outlooks on life can be started.
We are challenging everyone-mentors and mentees, their friends and families, community partners and business leaders, as well as others who may not have time to mentor but support Big Brothers Big Sisters' mission-to join Bowl for Kids' Sake and Start Something Big to change the life of a child forever.
For more information or to make a secure donation online, please visit http://mentorsgc.org/bowl-for-kids-sake or call 409-763-4638.