Bowling

MADISONVILLE, Ky. (4/22/18) — Eighty-two teams consisting of about 500 people aimed for strikes or spares during the 31st Annual Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hopkins and Muhlenberg County Bowl for Kids’ Sake.

BBBS Director Kellie Arnold said they have one major fundraiser each year, and the bowling event is it, adding the communities rise to the occasion and have a good time together.

The money raised from Bowl for Kids’ Sake is used for the nonprofit’s one-on-one mentoring programs that pair adults with youth in providing positive influences in childrens’ lives.

The theme was “Local Heroes,” with Madisonville Fire Department Chief Ray Wyatt and Greenville Fire Department Chief Jerry Aders serving as co-chairmen.

In line with the Local Heroes theme, Arnold added, “We had firefighters, paramedics, school teachers and police officers at the event. Anyone who comes out and participates in Bowl for Kids Sake is a hero.”

Organizers said corporate sponsors contributed a lot of support for Saturday’s fundraiser, adding public relations manager Kayla Duncan is known as the backbone for the area's Bowl for Kids’ Sake.

Bowl for Kid’s Sake 2018

State Rep. Melinda Gibbons Prunty formed a team to bowl Saturday. Spokeswoman Jackie Sommers said they wanted to help support Big Brothers Big Sisters for a great cause.

All money raised is used for BBBS operation costs, Arnold said. According to National BBBS, it costs $800-$1,000 per year to support one match including all staff salaries, background checks, child safety and volunteer training.

Arnold upheld Melody Lanes owner Brad Ballard for donating the use of the bowling facility each year.

“It’s truly a community effort,” said Arnold.

Tammy Holloway
SurfKY News Reporter
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