Bennington, Vt. — The community came out in strong support of Big Brothers Big Sisters at the 28th annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake, raising $41,527 for the youth mentoring program. The growing program, which has risen to over 60 matches in the past year, relies on the bowl-a-thon as its primary funding source. The amount fundraised exceeded last year’s total by $1,500.
“The event was extremely exciting this year and The Bank of Bennington was proud to serve as Title Sponsor,” said Annick Billert, Assistant Vice President for The Bank of Bennington. “The energy of everyone who participates is just incredible and something great to experience.”
In addition to The Bank of Bennington as Title Sponsor, The Spiral Press Café, Carbone Automotive Group, Sovernet Communications, and Bennington Subaru all served as Patron Sponsors of the event. In addition, a significant number of local businesses supported Bowl for Kids’ Sake with sponsorships and donated items.
“Thank you to everyone who participated and all the business and organizations who sponsored Bowl for Kids’ Sake,” said Michael Veitch, UCS Director of Community Relations & Development. “This year saw the highest total support from sponsors in the history of the event, demonstrating a strong commitment of the local community for youth mentoring.’
Youth mentoring is widely recognized to reduce the likelihood of a young person using drugs and alcohol, or being absent from school. Big Brothers Big Sisters in Bennington has consistently demonstrated positive outcomes for program participants.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is the youth mentoring program of United Counseling Service.