Bowling for a cause

HOUGHTON – Bowling may be a fun way to spend most Saturdays during the year, but on March 22, bowling will also be an important fundraising effort for U.P. Kids Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Maggie Munch, program director for U.P. Kids Big Brothers Big Sisters, said the 22nd annual Bowl for Kids will take place March 22 at the Mineshaft bowling lanes on Razorback Drive in Houghton.

There will be three two-hour sessions for bowling at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., Munch said. The noon session is full, but there are still spots available for the other sessions.

“We have plenty of spots available for 2 and 4 (p.m.),” she said.

Although many of the participants in Bowl for Kids are part of a team, Munch said not all are.

“We do have some spots for individuals,” she said.

In order to participate in Bowl for Kids, Munch said each participant must raise a minimum of $37, even those on teams. Money can be raised by the participants themselves by seeking donations from family members, friends or neighbors, or it can come from fundraising events conducted by the participants.

“The more they raise, the more prizes they qualify for,” she said.

Prizes include T-shirts and gift certificates. Those who raise $150 or more qualify for a grand prize drawing for a stay at a cabin at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge in Copper Harbor.

Those who raise the $37 minimum qualify for two hours of bowling during Bowl for Kids, Munch said. Pizza will be provided by Pizza Hut.

During the day, Munch said there will be various challenges going on. The administrators from Houghton Public Schools will face off against the administrators from the Houghton-Portage Township School District. The Alpha Delta Alpha sorority at Michigan Technological University has issued a challenge for college students. For the challenges, the team raising the most money will get a $100 gift certificate for the restaurant of their choice.

To sign up for Bowl for Kids, either as an individual or team, Munch said go online to upkids.com then click on the link for Bowl for Kids; or call 487-9855; or e-mail bbbs@upkids.com.

There will also be a silent auction during the event, Munch said, and people can just show up for that.

Although for planning purposes, Munch said it is best to arrange to participate before the event, people have in the past showed up without doing so. People can stop by just to donate, though.

“We won’t turn anyone away,” she said.

Munch said Bowl for Kids is an important fundraising event for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Last year, $27,000 was raised.

“All of that stayed in the local community to support our programs,” she said.