PARIS — An annual benefit for Big Brothers Big Sisters programs in the Oxford Hills region will take place March 20.
Bowl For Kids’ Sake will run from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Hobbs Lucky Lanes on Route 26. Teams participating will receive bowling shoes, two frames of bowling, a T-shirt, and a ticket for door prizes. The benefit is put on by the Child Health Center.
Rob Hatch, executive director of the Child Health Center, said Big Brothers Big Sisters includes hourlong after-school programs at the elementary schools in the area. It also matches adults with children who need a mentor.
“Currently we have about 20 matches in the Oxford Hills area,” he said. Mentors are volunteers.
Funds raised at the event support staff at the Child Health Center working with the program. Hatch said coordinators provide support to the volunteers and assist with the screening and interview process for new volunteers.
Teams of four bowlers must raise at least $35 per person in pledges. This year, team members may also gather donations online through secure credit card contributions.
“Within an hour I had $150, just by putting it on Twitter and Facebook,” Hatch said of his fundraising efforts.
Prizes are given for the team and individuals who raise the most money. The team prize is four $50 gift certificates to Maurice Restaurant Francais. An iPod Touch is the top prize for the individual who raises the most money, with runner-up prizes of a Flip video camera and $75 Mastercard gift card. For every $100 an individual raises, they are entered into a drawing for a flat panel high-definition television.
For more information, contact the Child Health Center at 743-7035 or visit childhealthcenter.org.