PUBLISHED: 5:15 PM on Wednesday, April 20, 2005
Ketchikan Bowl for Kids' Sake huge success

  ReMax two teams of ReMax Bigs and Littles
When Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Alaska launched their "Bowl for Kids' Sake" this month, it was the second year Ketchikan participated - and Ketchikan program manager Gretchen Klein described the event as "a huge success."

The Ketchikan bowling event happened Sunday, April 10, and drew a total of 26 teams, each consisting of four or five team members. McDonalds sponsored the event for the second year.

Teams came from businesses and families - First Bank, Wells Fargo, many private businesses, KGH, school staff, Bigs and Littles, and many people who just wanted to raise money for kids sake.

  Little and Big of the year, Nick with his Big Brother Bill Elberson.
Apart from bowling, the event included free pizza, homemade cookes from Lauralee Samlot of A&P, soda from Northern Sales, cake, door prizes, and a gift basked for each team captain.

Little Nick and Big Bill Elberson received awards as Big/Little of Year, chosen from among a field of 480.

The money raised at the event goes to operating the Big Brothers Big Sisters Office in Ketchikan. "Together we will reach more local youth by providing them with a Big Brother or Big Sister," Klein said.

The following people donated over 10-20 hours of time to make this event a success:

  Ravens Team of Nancy Coggins and Littles.
Columbia Dalhaug, Jeremiah Stack, Lilah Walker, Tracy Arce, Marc Wheeler, Rob Skinner, Nancy Coggins, Ketchikan Entertainment Staff, Jonika Farlow, Lauralee Samalot, Rebecca Wiedenhoeft, Denise Buker, Joanne and Karl Klein, Bryce Timm, Priscilla Barnett, Courtney Enright, Dara Otness, Amber Richardson, and Samantha Barnes who helped get us ready for the event, put together door prizes baskets, and hung posters around Ketchikan.

The event raised approximately $15,000.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters program has established new branches in Skagway and Metlakatla over the past year, and continues to grow. Last year, the program matched a total of 487 kids with adult buddies across Southeast; that's up from 344 the year before.

Bowl for Kids' Sake" is Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast's largest fundraiser of the year. This year, bowling fundraisers were held in Juneau, Hoonah, Ketchikan, Sitka and Skagway.