Bowl for Kids' Sake party kicks off in Boise
Jennifer Auh reports on the Bowl for Kids' Sake event in Boise. Video by IdahoOnYourSide.comvideo
On Saturday, the "Bowl for Kids’ Sake" event celebrated the Big Brothers Big Sisters fundraiser in Boise.
Organizers said they were thrilled with the turnout of the event. Their goal is to raise $60,000.
The 20th Century Lanes in Boise was packed, full of ‘Bigs’ and ‘Littles,' and their supporters all in teams to help the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Idaho.
Organizers talked about how being matched with a child in need can truly break a bad cycle and change their life.
"We got to start off doing arts and crafts projects together, and throughout the duration of our match, we got to talk about making it into school on time, talk about boys. She'll be one of the first people in her family to graduate from high school and she says she’s going to go to college," said Melissa Thomsen, Big Brothers Big Sisters COO.
Big sisters and brothers said it's just about having fun together. "Gone to roaring springs. We've done a lot of fun stuff," said Parket Coffelt, Little Brother.
However, it’s also about being there for each other through thick and thin. "Fell off his bike and broke his arm and about a month later, I fell off my mountain bike and crashed and broke my knee. We kind of helped each other through that healing process," said Scott Richardson, Big Brother.
Today's 6 and FOX9 On Your Side also competed in support of this event, as part of the Journal Broadcast Group family.
Organizers said there are 150 little ones on their waiting list, looking for a big brother or sister in the Treasure Valley.
If you want to be a big brother or sister to a child, here is a direct link with more information: www.bbbsidaho.org/site/c.6piki2mbjij0h/b.6420061/k.e00a/volunteer_to_start_something.htm