Eleven college community members got to show off their finest bowling form and raise money for a good cause at the Bowl for Kids’ Sake event in Brattleboro on April 1, a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sister (BBBS). The Marlboro College team raised $840 for BBBS, the largest amount for the hour that they bowled and the third largest of all of the team fundraisers involved.
“What a fun time, and for such a great cause,” said Hillary Twining, director of corporate and foundation relations, who was one of five staff who participated and raised $380, more than twice her goal and ranked third among individual fundraisers. There were also two younger family members of staff members, including Hillary’s daughter Skye, and four Marlboro students who shared in the event. “This was an ideal opportunity for the college to make a difference and be counted as an engaged part of the local community.”
Bowl for Kids’ Sake is the signature fundraiser for BBBS, bringing together half a million people across the country each year and raising over $20 million. The Brattleboro event raised nearly $32,000, a vital part of the budget for the local chapter of BBBS.
“The college has a longstanding relationship with Big Brothers Big Sisters through the lunchtime program at Marlboro Elementary School, where students volunteer as Bigs,” said Kathy Waters, senior director of alumni relations. “This is a great fundraiser for a great mentoring program. We did a lot of laughing, dancing, and, oh yeah, bowling.”