Big Brothers/Big Sisters bowling for kids

May 7 fundraiser at Milford Bowling Lanes celebrates 50 years of mentoring
May 1, 2014
Attending last year's "Beach Bowl," island-themed bowling party, Colby Dominick, left, and Ryan Butler bowled for the Milton Marauders at the event to benefit Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Delaware in 2013. BY STEVEN BILLUPS

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Delaware will hold the 33rd annual "Bowl for Kids Sake" Wednesday, May 7, at Milford Bowling Lanes.

Founded in 1964,  the organization will be celebrating 50 years of mentoring in Delaware by hosting a 1960s-themed bowling party and fundraiser with pizza, prizes, music and a costume contest.

For the first time this year, teams and individuals who raise $700 or more in support of Big Brothers/Big Sisters, which provides positive role models and mentors for youth, will be entered in a contest to win a vacation for four.

According to Sussex County program manager Raymond Quillen, generations of big brothers and big sisters are now participating in this program.

This event provides past and present mentors and their younger counterparts an opportunity to celebrate and support the program that allowed them to forge their friendships.

To support the mentorship program at the Bowl for Kids Sake, organizers ask each bowler to raise $100 to benefit the organization. The evening includes bowling, auctions, music and raffles, and plenty of fundraising tips are available at registration.

Participants can bowl as part of a team or as individuals. Teams can range from four to six members, but each must raise at least $500.

Quillen said the required donation per bowler can be raised in a variety of ways, including reaching out through social media. Possible sponsors can include co-workers, family members and friends who often help bowlers reach their goal, $10 at a time. Corporate sponsorships may also be available at the organization's website.

To register or find out more information about Bowling for Kid's Sake and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Delaware, visit or call the Sussex County office at 302-856-2918.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Delaware  fundraising tips

Goal: Raise $100 in five days!

Day One: Make a $10 donation to yourself to get you started $10


Day Two: Send an e-mail to three friends asking them for $10 contribution or post on Facebook.

$30, total: $40

Day Three: Ask one parent or one relative for a $10 contribution for your event.

$10, total: $50

Day Four: Bring your pledge sheet to work or school and ask two co-workers or fellow students for $10 to continue your effort.

$20, total $70

Day Five: Send an e-mail to three family friends asking for $10 donation.

$30, total $100

Bowl for Kids’ Sake Registration Fee is $100. All bowlers who have raised the $100 minimum will receive an official Bowling for Kids Sake T-shirt, plus food, soda/water, music and a chance at door prizes.

For more information contact Ray Quillen at 302-856-2918 or at