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April 10th, 2013

Big Brothers Big Sisters hosts bowl-a-thon

Over 380 people bowled in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County recently, helping to raise a record-breaking $46,703 for the agency’s child mentoring programs throughout Orange County.

NEWBURGH - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County’s signature annual fundraiser demonstrated yet again that the community knows the lasting impact mentoring has on kids and our community.

Over 380 people of all ages came out to bowl in support of the health, resiliency, and fun mentoring creates. All together, supporters raised a record-breaking $46,703 for the agency’s mentoring programs for children in Orange County. And they had fun doing it, too! Bowlers from individual and corporate teams like "The Alley Cats", "I Can’t Believe It’s Not Gutter", "King Pins", "Holy Rollers" and "Split Happens", enjoyed great music, food, and scored dozens of prizes.

"We are thrilled with the tremendous community support we received," said Sandy Handler, event committee co-chair. "We are even more elated that due to this phenomenal effort, we will be able to continue providing the gift of strong, enduring, and supportive 1-to-1 relationships that will change the lives of the many children facing adversity in our county."

More than 60 local businesses donated items or sponsored the event, including highest rolling "Strike" Sponsors Hometown Bank – employer of event co-chair and Big Brother Mike Snyder – Chubb Insurance, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, Orange County Trust, and Walden Savings Bank. Many companies sent teams to bowl, with the highest number of teams coming from Hometown Bank and Hudson Valley Credit Union. Thanks to Walden Savings Bank employees, led by Big Brother Tim Hoppe, the bowler registration table was again staffed with ease and expertise - the group’s generous annual donation of volunteer support. A good time for a good cause was had by all, with fun continuing into the late afternoon thanks to music and DJ donated by Party Time Productions, as well as food and beverages donated by Mama Theresa’s, Loughran’s, Pizza Mia, Leo’s, Stop & Shop, and ShopRite.

Big Brother and Board member Patrick Bullis of Nugent & Haeussler, and West Point Cadet Big Sister Katrina Mecklenburg were the single highest individual fundraisers. Executive Director Nancy Kosloski expressed the agency’s deepest gratitude to all who helped roll this fundraiser over the top.

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