PUBLISHED: 4:37 PM on Wednesday, March 8, 2006
SE bowling event supports 'Bigs'

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  Boys set up bowling pins in a gymnasium at Haines' first Bowl For Kids' Sake last year. The event will be held in Southeast Alaska communities throughout April to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Helping children and having a fun time in the process is what Bowl For Kids' Sake is aimed to accomplish.

The annual event for Big Brothers Big Sisters is held as the largest fundraiser of the year, said Lori Grassgreen, development director of BBBS of Juneau. She said teams are asked to raise $150 per participant, and a bowling part is held to celebrate.

"Anyone who wants to support Big Brothers Big Sisters can participate," Grassgreen said. "Haines had their first one last year. Since they didn't have a bowling alley, they do it in the gym and kids set up the pins."

Grassgreen said the annual cost of a mentor match is about $1,000. There are currently more than 550 matches in Southeast Alaska, and Grassgreen said the organization has a goal of 1,000 matches by 2010. She said Bowl For Kids' Sake helps meet the needs of the mentor program.

"It's a lot of fun, and a really easy way to come out and help kids," Grassgreen said.

For more information or to sign up a team, go online to