Bowl-a-Thon coming soon

The Big Buddies Bowl-A-Thon is coming up Saturday, April 5, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Marshall Bowl.

Big Buddies is inviting businesses, churches, organizations, and individuals to help us impact some very special youth in our community by forming a team, raising pledges, and coming out to bowl on April 5.

The funding challenge that leads to finding, screening, training, and matching just the right volunteer Big Buddy for each child is going to be great this year. Only with your help will the Little Buddies in our community continue to receive the support, care, guidance and inspiration needed for them to succeed in life. With your tax-deductible donation, you can help us reach the goal of raising $25,000 during our 23rd annual Bowl-A-Thon. More importantly, your donation will help 209 youth (and that number grows every day) increase their self-esteem, achieve better grades in school, and avoid participating in “risky” behaviors such as alcohol, drugs, tobacco, and teenage sexual activity.

Here’s how you can make that happen:

Form a team of five to six people, register your team with the Big Buddies office, raise pledges, and come out to bowl! It is a fun, team-building and satisfying experience to work together raising money to help youth grow! Spend an hour on April 5 and IMPACT a young person for a lifetime!

Contact Allan Bakke at 507-537-1416 or by email at to receive a team packet. If you’d like to help but aren’t able to put together a team, you can make a donation to one of the Little Buddy teams that will be bowling. Donations can be mailed to Big Buddies of Western Community Action, 1400 South Saratoga Street, Marshall, MN 56258. You can also give us a call and a representative from Big Buddies will be happy to pick up your donations. Another opportunity to support the youth is by sponsoring a lane. There are 12 sponsorships available. The cost is $150 which includes a professionally printed sign that will be displayed above a lane from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. the day of Bowl-A-Thon.

Your donations in any form are much more than money; they are an investment in helping community youth grow up healthy and safe, equipped for college, work or military service, prepared for marriage, family, and parenting, and excited to give back to the community.

An independent study by Southwest Minnesota State University concluded the following information:

Big Buddies helps youth in school: 52 percent are less likely to skip school, 56 percent achieve better grades.

Big Buddies helps youth improve social relationships: 51 percent get along better with teachers; 48 percent get along better with parents and friends; 32 percent are less likely to act violently.

Big Buddies helps youth avoid risky behavior: 46 percent are less likely to begin using drugs, alcohol or tobacco.

“A hundred years from now it will not matter the sort of house I lived in, what my bank account was or what car I drove, but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.” Author Unknown