Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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March 10, 2014

Bowling event raises $12K for Big Brothers Big Sisters

GLASGOW — Bowl for Kids’ Sake, a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Glasgow-Barren County, was a financial success for the mentoring organization. The two-day event, which took place March 1-2, generated $12,000.

“That’s down a little bit from last year,” said John Botts, outreach coordinator for the organization. “I think last year it was somewhere around $13,500.”

 Botts expects the total to increase because people may continue to make contributions through the organization’s website. All of the money generated stays in the Glasgow-Barren County community to meet the needs of children and of those who volunteer for the organization, Botts said.

For the first time, the fundraiser spanned two days, giving participants a chance to bowl either Saturday or on Sunday afternoon.

“Eleven teams took advantage of that two-hour time slot (on Sunday),” he said. “I really think some of those teams that came on Sunday would not have been able to come on Saturday.”

Botts’ job is to pair children who qualify for one of the organization’s programs with volunteers who can serve as positive role models for the children.

“Just last week I matched a little boy, who is now living with foster parents, after being removed from his home, because his parents were both hooked on drugs and he was kind of fending for himself,” he said.

Botts said he has witnessed the change the programs have made in children’s lives. He said the volunteers give the children chances they might not have otherwise had.

Some of the children even grow up to become mentors themselves.

For more information or to donate, visit www.bbbsky.com, call Botts at 270-651-7601 or email Botts at john@bbbsky.com.

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