Last Saturday at about 8:30 AM, the Bowl For Kids Sake teams started trickling in at Sky Lanes in West Asheville. Before long, a line had formed at the registration table, the lanes were willing up, an awesome 80s playlist was streaming out over the PA—and the party had begun!
This year’s dress up theme? “Your favorite literary character.” And there was not shortage of literary tastes on exhibit: The Gutter Gurlz (who won best team costume in the second round) included chimney sweeps from P.L. Travers’ Mary Poppins series, Pippi Longstocking and a green-hued evil Witch of the West.
Fourth round’s best team costume prize went to teams Thing One and Thing Two, which together included an array of Dr. Seuss’ fantastical characters ranging from the Lorax to Red Fish…and Blue Fish. However with the banana, monkey and Man in the Yellow Hat suits being sported just down the line on the Keller Williams Broker Asheville team, that round’s costume contest wasn’t easy to judge—and Broker Asheville easily took the runner-up slot.
We are so honored by the amazing support that this community showed for our region’s children this year! We had 52 teams and over 200 individual bowlers come out—each of whom graciously put in their effort to raise funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC.
The magnificent MB Haynes team sponsored ten lanes during the event’s first round; GE Aviation held down five lanes on the second round; AVL Technologies was the third round’s 800 pound gorilla with six lanes sponsored, and three different teams from Keller Williams sponsored six lanes in our final 3 PM-5 PM round.
It was great to see five Bigs participate with their littles! Thanks to Jimmy Vestal and Reid Gonelia for your lane sponsorship so that these awesome pairs could come out, meet and connect with each other.
To everyone that came out on Saturday: you are truly helping to start something BIG in the lives of children throughout our region. When a child has access to an enjoyable and caring relationship with an adult who BELIEVES in them—that child can believe in themselves. Littles show improvement in academics, life and social skills, and perhaps most importantly, they gain access to brand new experiences through which they develop higher aspirations of what’s possible for their lives.
So many thanks to all of the amazing employees and their families who came out! Hope to see you all next year!