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Big Brothers Big Sisters prepares for big fundraiser

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By Carol A. Clark

The premier fundraising event for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico (BBBS) is getting underway. Sunday’s Santa Fe Community Bowl For Kids’ Sake is the first of several all-day events set to occur throughout the month. Sunday’s activities take place at Silva Lanes in Santa Fe and the Española Bowl at the Big Rock Bowling Center.On April 20, the First Lady’s Bowl, for government employees, will be held at Silva Lanes in Santa Fe.The Pojoaque Community Bowl For Kids’ Sake will take place April 27 at the Strike Gold Bowling Center at the Cities of Gold Casino.The Los Alamos Resource Board of BBBS met Wednesday at Mesa Public Library to discuss final preparations for the upcoming events. BBBS CEO Andrea Maril and Community Coordinator Nikki Harnish briefed the group on the status of the fundraising activities taking place during the next few weeks.“We’re very excited about all the people participating and the community’s willingness to support our events and our programs in Los Alamos,” Harnish said.Each year, for more than 40 years, Bowl For Kids’ Sake has supported BBBS agencies through out the country, Harnish said, adding that it’s the kids who really benefit from the annual event.More than a half-million people are expected to participate in bowling lanes across the country in the coming weeks.“We are so enthused about our local events and the benefits they will bring to children in the area,” Harnish said.Proceeds from each of the local area events goes to support BBBS endeavors within 11 northern New Mexico counties including Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Taos, Santa Fe, San Miguel, Mora and McKinley.“BBBS offers children ages five through 15 the extra chance to grow into healthy, productive adults through a professionally supported one-to-one mentoring program,” Harnish said. “We have a number of adults waiting for children to mentor. They include scientists, teachers, banking professionals and adults from variety of other backgrounds.”Parents who think their children would benefit from an extra adult friend in their lives can find out more about the program, Harnish said, by calling BBBS Match Support Specialist Marion Langan at 699-6267.Volunteers are still needed to help in a variety of areas on the Bowl for Kids Sake events. For information, access www.bbbs.org or call 699-6267.